COMMON CORE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS STANDARDS include goals for public speaking. One way to incorporate opportunities to build this skill is to assign speeches as one of the ways to assess student understanding of literature you teach. Here’s one such assignment based on A LESSON BEFORE DYING by Ernest Gaines.
Looking for a fresh way to have students experience and write poetry? Take a look at the website, MOTION POEMS, that shows animated poetry with sound. Here’s an option for your computer savvy students who are comfortable with or eager to learn animation. What a great way to demonstrate the ways that poets create pictures [...]
Thursday, April 7, 2011 Five Great Sites for Making Poetry Happen Posted by Keith Schoch What’s the connection between 18th century Japanese poetry, S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, and rock band Linkin Park? I recently blogged about Teachers’ Domain at my Teaching that Sticks site. In observation of Poetry Month, teachers in grades 6 through 12 [...]
Students learn in different ways. Teaching them tools to help them organize their thinking and letting them choose the ones that work better for them gives them livelong skills that will serve them well in and out of the classroom, now and when their adults. This website from Riverside Charter School offers a range of [...]
In this article “The Courage To Blog With Students, “Marsha Ratze, describes the benefits she and her students experienced learning together. It begins, “When I asked my students recently how blogging in class makes a difference to them, they had lots to say. Blogging has allowed them to meet students from all over the world [...]
Free blogging sites recommended by Kesha L. Campbell in “New Technologies and the English Classroom” about her work with Jefferson County High School in Fayette, Mississippi (August, 2011 edition of English Leadership Quarterly.) “….free websites that can be used for blogging, like edublog.com, teacherlingo.com, and classchatter. com.”
Mark Pennington recommends having students create raps to help them remember grammar rules. Click here on GRAMMAR RAP to see samples to help you design an alternative way to supplement or jump-start basic grammar reviews and to integrate pop culture into your instruction practices.
START NOW TO GATHER RESOURCES for POETRY units. Check back regularly for additional links. Here’s a resource, WRITING FIX recommended by JASON SCOTT. The site has Mentor Text Lessons: Published Poetry and lessons based on lyrics from popular music. Five Great Sites for Making Poetry Happen (Link to Post by Keith Schoch) Links to video [...]