High Interest Summative Assignment

What We Learned! Collage OR Slide Assignment The Task: As a review of the study of literature this school year, you will be working with a group of your peers to present your impressions of ways your author uses various elements of the narrative: point of view,setting, characterization, conflict, symbolism…

Rapping with Romeo

TIMELESS AND TIMELY Sarah J. Donovan invited me to post prompts to celebrate APRIL POETRY MONTH.  Here's one from her website:  on ETHICAL ELA. INSPIRATION Many of you who accepted this “Poem A Day” invitation have read plays by William Shakespeare and may even have a favorite. One of my…
Converting Prose to Poetry and Patterning Poems   A challenging but rewarding practice activity for processing reading and writing poetry is transliteration – the act of converting from one genre to another. (Young teens love knowing and using such sophisticated words.) You could give this assignment after reading together Gordon Park’s…

Ignite Writing by Patterning

“There’s nothing new under the sun!” True, but students can be inspired by the old to do something new for themselves. Sounds weird, but that’s exactly what can occur when we invite students to pattern the writing they read.  Students soon learn that close reading, analysis and imitation unleash bursts…

Shakespeare’s Birthday

Happy 455th   Birthday, Will! April 23rd is the day many celebrate the birth of William Shakespeare, one of the more widely read dramatists of all times.This year is his 455th! Prepare your students to understand Elizabethan society a little better. Have a go with your students and have them take…

Planning for Short Courses

Get Off to a Good Start  Consider thematic units that may be drawn from Essential Questions. Once you decide on themes or essential questions for the first unit or marking period, you could ask the students to choose the themes/questions for the subsequent ones.  Almost any piece of fiction/non-fiction can be adapted…

Women’s History Month

The theme for 2019 is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” 2019 HONOREES Here's a link with resources to plan lessons to complement those suggested below. What an opportune time to feature the writing of females and to encourage students who are doing research projects to choose women as their subjects.  Consider making this…

Getting to Know Harlem

Expanding Prior Knowledge with a Poem [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="166"] Image Scholastic Publications[/caption] Reading the classic novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison can be more interesting when students understand some of the historical and geographical references.  An assignment that works well is to plan a one-period small group research project based…
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