Women’s History Month

The theme for 2019 is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” 2019 HONOREES Here's a link with resources to plan lessons to complement those suggested below. What an opportune time to feature the writing of females and to encourage students who are doing research projects to choose women as their subjects.  Consider making this…

Getting to Know Harlem

Expanding Prior Knowledge with a Poem [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="166"] Image Scholastic Publications[/caption] Reading the classic novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison can be more interesting when students understand some of the historical and geographical references.  An assignment that works well is to plan a one-period small group research project based…

COLORS, ARRANGEMENT AND STORIES

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 of these circles on a…

Writing to Learn in Content Areas

WRITING TO LEARN Across Content Areas Now that more schools are considering ways to teach and utilize literacy tools to enhance instruction and increase learning across the content areas, many English Language Arts educators are being viewed as the repository for such strategies.  Remember, while schools are implementing the Common…

Celebrate and Educate

Black History Month and Common Core In the United States, February is Black (African-American) History Month, a time when many teachers tailor lessons to feature the contributions of African-Americans. Since the oral tradition is significant in African-American history, and since oral language skill is one of the English Language Arts…

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month   What an exciting time to feature the contributions of LatinX Writers, Speakers and Movie Makers! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with culturally relevant texts, video, and speeches that give students opportunity to expand and explore their emerging ELA skills. Consider writing PANTOUM POEMS in response to art by Frieda Kalho and/or…
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