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…

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month   What an exciting time to feature the contributions of LatinX Writers, Speakers and Movie Makers! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with culturally relevant texts, video, and speeches that give students opportunity to expand and explore their emerging ELA skills. Read about Historically Significant Events then invite students to share what they've…

Non-Fiction Text Features

Non-Fiction Text Features Here's an efficient way to introduce/review the concept of text features with your students using slides, a short video, a check list and copy of their textbook from science or history. 1. Show the Text Features Slide that points out different features one may find in non-fiction…

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading - Expand Lists Have you seen the READING BINGO challenges posted by Scholastic ? Using the cards may be just what will inspire  students to broaden their independent reading choices.  Could offer a modest prize...enough to entice to read, but not to cheat.   Click here for book…

Managing Grades

It's Not Too Late to Modify Grading Guidelines Four approaches to grading revolutionized my planning and grading for teaching middle, high school and college students. The first occurred after I spent a summer studying and then implementing National Writing Project strategies that include process writing and rubrics, which I customized…

April is Poetry Month 2017

How are you going to celebrate in 2017?   "What you learn through reading and writing poetry will stay with you throughout your life," Michelle Obama said in a statement about a national initiative to support the study of poetry. "It will spark your imagination and broaden your horizons and…

Digital Storytelling

Cross-Curricular Writing Teachers in elective courses sometimes struggle to design lessons that teach the content and skills of their courses when students are challenged by the demands of the required courses. Consider drawing on content matter from other courses as you teach the information and skills related to your course. Here's…

Career Planning

Quit Now or Stay in School? Spring term is good time to offer students the opportunity to consider why continuing their education will expand their future choices. Here's a sample Career Research Project I've used with Sophomores. Here's link to an assignment that requires similar thinking and is adaptable for eighth graders. The…

Writing Historical Fiction

HISTORICAL FICTION is a made-up story set in specific time and integrates references to real people, places, and or events and writing one can help meet both English Language Arts and History/Social Studies Content Area Standards. Writing historical fiction can be an efficient way for students to utilize what they…
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