Shakespeare’s Birthday

Happy 454th   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 454th! Prepare your students to understand Elizabethan society a little better. Have a go with your students and have them take…

Inspire Curiosity

Getting Them Into a Book Are you familiar with the INTO, THROUGH and BEYOND strategy for teaching text?  Looking for something that can work in a single period to get students into their next book?  Here’s an idea may work for you this Spring. Distribute the book.  Invite students to…

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.…

Book Talks

Introduce Students to Books Old and New Responding to Rena's posting "I  would like to do book talks with my grade 8 class, but I'm not sure how to get started.  Has anyone got any suggestions as to what the best approach would be?  Your suggestions are appreciated!" One approach:…

Physically Feeling Poetry

Understanding Mood and Rhythmic Devices A few strategies that both middle school and high school students find interesting follow. One idea is considering contemporary or classical wordless music that the text evokes either because of the rhythm, sound, or connotations of the words. Auditory learners really are drawn to this…
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