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…

Prep for Semester Exam

Prepare Now to Assess  Begin now and ensure that your students will be ready to do well on the semester exams.   First, write in your own words specifically what plan to measure.  Consider these ideas.   (1) How well students recall what you’ve taught about ______________. (2) How well…

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Sonnets

[caption id="attachment_6961" align="alignleft" width="156"] Image[/caption] Teacher Writes; Students Pattern Ms. Nancy Himel, teacher from LA School District, and her class studiied "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and then she invited them to capture the tale in fourteen words, ending ina rhymed couplet! First, Ms. Himel wrote a sample lazy…

CATE 2015

PATTERNING LEADS TO ORIGINALITY What a delight to see you at the PATTERNS session at CATE 2015 in San Jose.  Click link to view the slides from that presentation. Speaking and Writing from Patterns-CATE 2015 Please do me a favor.  Will you send me assignments you create as you adapt what…

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…