Talk Teaches

Sentence Starters Invigorate Conversation   Guided talking teaches students to think, listen, and rethink. Observing students talking teaches teachers what they need to teach next.  Here's a flyer with SENTENCE STARTERS from I found on Pinterest that may be just what you need to jump start conversations between and among students.…

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…

Language Arts Resources

General Overview of ELA Resources Welcome to my website. Click on any of the lines to sample explanations, assignments, and other resources to enhance teaching and improve learning.  GENERAL GRADING GUIDELINES General Grading Guidelines for Written Assignments General Grading Guidelines - SLIDES BOOK REPORTS Collage on Common Book or Story…

Literature Circles

Structured Discussions Modified Literature Circles are a good way to get students to talk about literature and stay on topic.  Attached is an adaptation of the literature circle roles described by Harvey Daniels. This Literature Circle Discussion Guide is easily modified to accommodate students in different grades and for a range of…

Resources from Other Educators

 Help with Common Core  Scroll down.  Adapt, Adopt and Enjoy!     From Nancy Patterson, associate professor, College of Education, Grand Valley State University, and coeditor of the Language Arts Journal of Michigan: "Don't miss these lesson plans from ReadWriteThink: Exploring Reading Strategies by Creating a Soundtrack and  A Picture's…