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…

COLORS, ARRANGEMENT AND STORIES

[caption id="attachment_5094" align="alignleft" width="300"] http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=109756[/caption] Critical Thinking in Colors and Shapes Colors and arrangements can be used evoke different moods, different personalities, and different feelings.  Spend at least five minutes looking closely at this painting, Nine Colors by Ellsworth Kelly.  1.  What do you notice about the colors and arrangement…

A Day in the Life of…

Measure Comprehension A DAY IN THE LIFE OF…. It’s always fun to find alternative ways for students to show what they know about characters they read about, while practicing other language arts skills.  Here’s one writing assignment called, “DAY IN THE LIFE OF..". that I’m adapting from an assignment found…

Teaching Invisible Man

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison is a rich, complex, and engaging novel.  It won the U.S National Book Award in 1953 and remains relevant to this day! Here is a range of resources for teaching this intriguing novel focusing on six of the motif recurring throughout the book: (1) Real/Surreal;…

Monkey Bridge – Critique a Critique

Reading and Writing a Literary Critique Use the Nine Yardsticks of Value Chart to show how you rate the autobiographical novel Monkey Bridge by Lan Cao. Also, carefully read the following critique and use the chart to indicate what you believe to be the values of the author, "Monkey Bridge,"…