Mandela in Class

Connecting Mandela to Text You Teach To beautiful not to share.  A colleague plans to play the video as part of her unit on Slave Narratives to symbolize the appreciation one would feel to freedom fighters anywhere. Woolies and Soweto Gospel Choir: Madiba Tribute

Writing Convincing Arguments

Writing Convincing Arguments* "You cannot convince a confused person, so keep things tidy and ordered." Reading Critically "When you read, ask yourself questions like “What is the author trying to prove?” “What is the author assuming I will agree with?” Do you agree with the author? Does the author adequately…

Vocabulary Resources

Vocabulary - Key to Academic Success Critical Words for Common Core - Understanding for Assessments - Often it is not what the students know but whether or not they understand what is being asked of them.  Teach and regularly use the academic vocabulary that can prepare your students to shine…

Language Arts Resources

General Overview of ELA Resources Welcome to my website. Click on any of the lines to sample explanations, assignments, and other resources to enhance teaching and improve learning.  GENERAL GRADING GUIDELINES General Grading Guidelines for Written Assignments General Grading Guidelines - SLIDES BOOK REPORTS Collage on Common Book or Story…

Write Now about the Future

Journalistic Writing   Here's a great first quarter assignment to get students thinking about the value of post high school education, training and experience, while you teach them journalistic style of story writing. The prompt: For what accomplishment will you receive an award in the arts, academics, athletics, politics, military…