Teacher Writes; Students Pattern

[caption id="attachment_6961" align="alignleft" width="156"] Image[/caption] The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Sonnets 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 in a rhymed couplet! First, Ms.…

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…

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…

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…