Books for Boys

Perhaps, because so many elementary and middle school teachers are female, the books on our standard reading lists tend to appeal more to students of that same gender.  Not sure if that's the case, but admittedly teachers of young men in all grades recognize that our male students often are…

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Sonnets

[caption id="attachment_6961" align="alignleft" width="156"] Image[/caption] Teacher Writes; Students Pattern Ms. Nancy Himel, teacher from LA School District, and her class studiied "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and then she invited them to capture the tale in fourteen words, ending ina rhymed couplet! First, Ms. Himel wrote a sample lazy…

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…

Literacy History Project

Literacy History Teri Le Sage designed this project to accompany her students' study of "A LONG WAY GONE: MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER, Ishmael Beah tells his experience as a child soldier from Sierra Leone",  and Elie Wiesel's memoir ​NIGHT, about "a scholarly, pious teenager is wracked with guilt at…

Customize Your Rubrics

Six Traits © Rubrics - Customized   Here are samples of the Six Traits © Rubrics for Writing that has been customized to highlight specific requirements for specific assignments. When using the General Grading Guidelines for Writing, it's important to show students what is required to earn each letter grade.…