Language of Literature

Selecting and using just the right/write/wright approaches to teach students think more deeply and write more precisely about characters they read about, observe in real life, and create in their own writing can be a challenge.  This is about more than homonyms.  It's asking students to consider the tone of…

PATTERN POEM

An effective way to assess students' ability to look closely and discover how a poem is put together is to assign them to pattern or parody the work of a published poet.  Here's an assignment to accompany the study of lyrical poems which usually have a rhyme and rhythm pattern. …

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…

Geometric Character Analysis

Character Analysis Looking for an authentic alternative assessment to determine how well your students understand characterization, the relationships, and motivations in a complex work of fiction?  Assign them this Geometric Character Analysis project. Because the final project is rather small, I created random groups and students moved from group to group…