Physically Feeling Poetry

Understanding Mood and Rhythmic Devices A few strategies that both middle school and high school students find interesting follow. One idea is considering contemporary or classical wordless music that the text evokes either because of the rhythm, sound, or connotations of the words. Auditory learners really are drawn to this…

Writing Convincing Arguments

Writing Convincing Arguments* "You cannot convince a confused person, so keep things tidy and ordered." Reading Critically "When you read, ask yourself questions like “What is the author trying to prove?” “What is the author assuming I will agree with?” Do you agree with the author? Does the author adequately…

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…

Vocabulary Resources

Vocabulary - Key to Academic Success Critical Words for Common Core - Understanding for Assessments - Often it is not what the students know but whether or not they understand what is being asked of them.  Teach and regularly use the academic vocabulary that can prepare your students to shine…

COLORS, ARRANGEMENT AND STORIES

[caption id="attachment_5094" align="alignleft" width="300"] http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=109756[/caption] 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…
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