Writing to Learn

Informal Informative Writing Admit Slip Hand out 3 x 5 cards, or slips of scratch paper as students enter the classroom.  Ask students to write, anonymously, one or two sentences indicating the particular kind(s) of problem(s) they experienced while doing the recent homework assignment.  Collect, then quickly read these slips,…

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.…

Oral Book Report Prep

Practice together, then assign students oral reports on independent reading books. Adapt the handout for a whole class or small group assignment and have student complete the form based on a book the class has just finished reading.  (Great way to review a book before an end-of-book assignment.) Then use similar…

Evaluating Proposed Solutions

Educators today are using blogs as a way for students to practice writing persuasive and argumentative essays based on current events.  Some middle and high school teachers are not sure how to guide their students in ways that will assure the proposed solutions backed by solid evidence.  Some students are unclear about how…

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…