Collected in the Summer for Use All Year

Tips for Teaching

Here are some  interesting links, ideas, and video you Fallmay find useful as you plan lessons to engage your students.  Some will just be fun, others intriguing, some even challenging to you and your students.  I’ll add to it as I find new treasures. Enjoy!

Simple Way to Collect Assignments Electronically – video shared by Dana

Celebrating 50th Anniversary of “I Have a Dream” in Washington –

I Have a Dream –  Rhetorical Devices – Shared by Chris Sloan

Checklist for first week of school on Page 5.

Amy Cody shared an updated version the  Bloom’s Taxonomy Question Poster.  This would be a good one to distribute to students during the first couple of weeks of school to giive them a head’s up on the different kinds of thinking they’ll be asked to do.  Also, could use the ladder to ask them to develop higher order questions themselves.

Sharanda Payseur has shared her link to lots of Web 2.0 resources. Generous colleagues like her make summer planning for Fall a pleasure.

Amazing Word Riddle -video – an interesting video clip for a DO IT NOW, bell class starter.
Once your students get the idea, try these two, then invite them to create their own.

restarted, restated, estate, state, sate, sat, at a

splatters, splatter, platter, latter, later, late, ate, at, a

Ever considered incorporating Socratic Seminars as learning experiences for your students.  To get you started, here’s a link to the WAYSEEKER site, Socratic Seminar Guidelines: A Practical Guide

Teaching Text Structures – Kristi Orcutt’s slide presentation on teaching Text Structures  makes for a efficient and informative introduction or review to this learning strategy.

Shakespeare in the Park
While you students may not recognize all the reference, it still would be fun to have them do comic strips of key quotations from the literature you study together.  Doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out assignment.  Could be a prep before a test with teams of three or four incorporating selected quotations.  Here’s a link to a comic maker program.

Laurie Hagberg shared this post with ideas to help students overcome fear of the blank page,

When essays are based on texts, I suggest that my students spend just 15 minutes finding 5 quotes that they can use. Then I advise them to write a sentence for each quote, explaining why that quote relates to the prompt. This gets them going toward the “claim, evidence, warrant” criteria of our essays. I also suggest that students do not start with the introductory paragraph, but instead take the quote/sentence combo they wrote that they feel they understand best or have the most ideas about and write that body paragraph. Then they can move on to another body paragraph. They may end up writing the intro and concluding paragraphs last — with word-processing, that’s not a problem as they can write the paragraphs and then choose the order which best fits their essay.

Motion Poems

Looking for a fresh way to have students experience and write poetry?  Take a look at the website, MOTION POEMS,  that shows animated poetry with sound. Here’s an option for your computer savvy students who are comfortable with or eager to learn animation.  What a great way to demonstrate the ways that poets create pictures with words.

You could have students animate poems that you’re studying together, work in pairs with one writer and one animator, or invite students to write and animate their own work.

See MOTION POEMS at  http://www.motionpoems.com/

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