POETRY Notebook – Product and Performance

Poetry Notebook   Looking for a way to engage students to create a POETRY-Notebook that showcases their learning about poetry and other English Language Arts skills and completing a product/performance assignment that reflects your instruction to meet COMMON CORE STANDARDS.   Here's a link to student handout to show how they can use Poetry T.I.M.E.…

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…

Talk Teaches

Sentence Starters Invigorate Conversation   Guided talking teaches students to think, listen, and rethink. Observing students talking teaches teachers what they need to teach next.  Here's a flyer with SENTENCE STARTERS from I found on Pinterest that may be just what you need to jump start conversations between and among students.…

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…

Students Starters Enhance Teaching

Student Starters Now is a good time to plan on releasing more responsibility for learning to your students. The first quarter/semester is when you model reading and writing strategies, making, connections, incorporating a wide variety of examples in your own instruction, and also informing the students that you’ll be sharing the teaching…

Activating Strategies for Reading

Reading: Activating Thinking Here is a chart strategies to get students thinking about new units, new books, or new readings.  Many are interactive and though they come from a site prepared for elementary school students most can be adapted for use with students of all ages.  You'll recognize many ideas that are commonly…

Making Masks to Reveal Character

Why Did They Do That? Students sometimes miss the significance of a fictional character's behavior because these inexperienced readers may have missed direct and/or indirect characterization clues authors incorporate to show what motivates their characters to act or reaction they way they do.  This is especially true with indirect characterization. Consider in-class activities…