Digital Storytelling

Cross-Curricular Writing Teachers in elective courses sometimes struggle to design lessons that teach the content and skills of their courses when students are challenged by the demands of the required courses. Consider drawing on content matter from other courses as you teach the information and skills related to your course. Here's…

Students Starters Enhance Teaching

Student Starters Now is a good time to plan on releasing more responsibility for learning to your students. The first quarter/semester is when you model reading and writing strategies, making, connections, incorporating a wide variety of examples in your own instruction, and also informing the students that you’ll be sharing the teaching…

Activating Strategies for Reading

Reading: Activating Thinking Here is a chart strategies to get students thinking about new units, new books, or new readings.  Many are interactive and though they come from a site prepared for elementary school students most can be adapted for use with students of all ages.  You'll recognize many ideas that are commonly…

Revamping Senior Course?

IT'S  NOT TOO SOON TO PLAN AHEAD. Two senior courses that worked well for college prep students have  a required semester one course with tradition titles followed by semester two their choice of an elective. The first semester REQUIRED includes the traditional classic titles Autobiographical Reading and Writing to prep…

NEW BOOK this SUMMER

I am delighted to be on the editorial team for a new book, SWEETHEARTS OF ZION'S HILL, a sequel of sorts to my book, ON ZION'S HILL: A Novel published last summer.  The new book, a collection of memoirs writing by and about couples who met on our church campground, Zion's…

Poetry is…

Poetry is written to be understood! “Poetry is literature designed to convey a vivid and imaginative sense of experience, especially by the use of condensed language chosen for its sound and suggestive power, as well as for its meaning and by the use of such literary techniques as structured meter,…

Making Masks to Reveal Character

Why Did They Do That? Students sometimes miss the significance of a fictional character's behavior because these inexperienced readers may have missed direct and/or indirect characterization clues authors incorporate to show what motivates their characters to act or reaction they way they do.  This is especially true with indirect characterization. Consider in-class activities…
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