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…

Using Commas Correctly

Grammar: Using Commas It may sound silly, but it works.  Get PHYSICAL!  All you need is access to technology to project sentences on to white board and markers in lots of colors. Have ready to project a list of sentences requiring commas for different reasons.  As you review the comma rules, invite…

PREZI on POETRY

Lisa Westbrook has used an on-line program, PREZI to design an engaging lesson to introduce students to poetry analysis.  See ways you can enhance your instruction by adapting or adopting this technology to present these concepts. Check out TPCASSSTT Poetry Analysis by Lisa Westbrook.

Non-Fiction Picture Books for 2011

Orbis Pictus Award by National Council of Teachers of English for best Non-Fiction Picture Books – See First Place, Honor, and Recommended Titles for 2011. First Place:  Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan illustrated by Brian Floca (Roaring Brook Press) Honor Books Birmingham Sunday by…