Writing Historical Fiction

HISTORICAL FICTION is a made-up story set in specific time and integrates references to real people, places, and or events and writing one can help meet both English Language Arts and History/Social Studies Content Area Standards. Writing historical fiction can be an efficient way for students to utilize what they…

TED Talks for Speech Classes

TED Talks for Speech Classes Check out this thread of conversations on the English Companion Ning about video to incorporate into instruction about public speaking. "Video Recommendations for Teaching Speech"   Note particularly these recommended by Amy Cody Videos- The Myth of Violence- http://www.ted.com/talks/steven_pinker_on_the_myth_of_violence.html (look at speaker presentation, visual aids, use of…

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;…

REAL DEAL incites REAL WRITING

Creative Writing with Real Deal This multidimensional, multimedia website has resources and lessons you can adopt for your high school students and adapt for use with middle school students. Real Deal Education with Scenerios to incite writing and talking about sensitive topics important to teens. This excerpt is from their…

Why Teach Media Reading?

We sometimes wonder if taking the time to teach students to read the media is worth valuable classroom instructional time.  Check out this video, then look at some of the lessons on this site tagged "media arts".  If you have time, view the slides on Viewing to add to your…
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