Credible Text???

What Questions Can Help One Decide? Students sometimes wonder what questions they should be asking about a text.  Tell them about Five W’s and H questions. Invite students to adapt questions to the text, but be sure to ask at least one for each of the six words. Who wrote this…

Exploring Genres of Fiction #2

#2 - Historical Fiction Teaching or assigning historical fiction can be a rewarding experience for teacher and students.  I’ve found it a great way to collaborate with colleagues on cross-content or interdisciplinary assignments.  Students have found it a wonderful way to learn about specific historical periods, people and events within the comfort…

Exploring Genres of Fiction #1

#1 - What's a Mystery Novel? First of all, there has to be a detective who is set apart from everybody else (including the reader) for eccentric habits/appearance (or by contrast total blandness), exceptional intelligence, the practice of making obscure statements instead of just revealing deductions and revelations as they…

October Celebrations

More than HALLOWEEN Learning about and celebrating the cultures of others is a wonderful reason to write. And,  October is a great time to start. For many, October  is time for Harvest Festivals, an ancient celebration revived in many church and community groups as an alternative to Halloween; or All…

Planning for First Month – 1

Get Off to a Good Start - 1 Consider thematic units that may be drawn from Essential Questions. Once you decide on themes or essential questions for the first quarter or semester, you could ask the students to choose the themes/questions for the subsequent ones.  Almost any piece of fiction/non-fiction can be…

Writing in Eighth Grade

Age Appropriate Themes A colleague on social network for teachers posted this query. Because many of you are considering similar issues as you plan for the school year, I decided to include my response as a blog. What themes do you think would resonate with 8 graders that might incorporate all…

Summative Assessments

Prepping for Exams Students should not be surprised about what they are expected to know and be able to do on an exam.  As you prepare the  summative assessment or final exam for your course, consider ways you can help your students review effectively and then use exam time efficiently.…