Language of Literature

Selecting and using just the right/write/wright approaches to teach students think more deeply and write more precisely about characters they read about, observe in real life, and create in their own writing can be a challenge.  This is about more than homonyms.  It's asking students to consider the tone of…

PATTERN POEM

An effective way to assess students' ability to look closely and discover how a poem is put together is to assign them to pattern or parody the work of a published poet.  Here's an assignment to accompany the study of lyrical poems which usually have a rhyme and rhythm pattern. …

Geometric Character Analysis

Character Analysis Looking for an authentic alternative assessment to determine how well your students understand characterization, the relationships, and motivations in a complex work of fiction?  Assign them this Geometric Character Analysis project. Because the final project is rather small, I created random groups and students moved from group to group…