I, Juan de Pareja, Exploring Art

Interdisciplinary Teaching What are you teaching next? Now is a fine time to plan an inter-disciplinary unit in which you invite students to draw on what they’re learning in other courses to connect with, supplement, expand and or explore the literature you’re studying in English.  Teaching historical fiction provides just…

Book Report Options

Book Report - Compare/Contrast It is helpful to offer students options for responding to self-selected books.  I usually choose options that give students an opportunity to use skills we're learning during the same marking period the book report is due.  Usually quarter one lessons in middle school English classes  includes review and expansion…

Writing a Narrative Poem

Poetry - Writing Narratives Narrative poems can be about one's personal experiences or observations and can also be about something one has read.  This assignment is one I designed to have students practice writing poetry as they reported on a self-selected book they read during the third quarter one school…

General Grading Guidelines

General Grading Guidelines Reduce the challenges to grades by establishing and sharing with students the general criteria you'll be using when you evaluate and assign grades to their work.  This teaching strategy has worked well for me with the middle, high school and college level students. When students know ahead…
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