Exploring Genres of Fiction #2

#2 - Historical Fiction Teaching or assigning historical fiction can be a rewarding experience for teacher and students.  I’ve found it a great way to collaborate with colleagues on cross-content or interdisciplinary assignments.  Students have found it a wonderful way to learn about specific historical periods, people and events within the comfort…

PROFESSIONAL ENRICHMENT

A Thrilling and Chilling Ride Anna J. Small Roseboro, National Board Certified Teacher Past President of the California Association of Teachers of English*   Education policy is on a roller coaster ride that is both thrilling and chilling. Those of us who teach the English/language arts were excited about the research…

Writing in Eighth Grade

Age Appropriate Themes A colleague on social network for teachers posted this query. Because many of you are considering similar issues as you plan for the school year, I decided to include my response as a blog. What themes do you think would resonate with 8 graders that might incorporate all…

Poetry Month April 2014

Inspiring Poetry Cartoon Challenge your students to work in small groups to find poems that could be "filed" in the different departments as examples of each of the signs or captions in this cartoon. Who, by the way, is the current Poet Laureate of the United States? If students have…

Writing Convincing Arguments

Writing Convincing Arguments* "You cannot convince a confused person, so keep things tidy and ordered." Reading Critically "When you read, ask yourself questions like “What is the author trying to prove?” “What is the author assuming I will agree with?” Do you agree with the author? Does the author adequately…

Write Now about the Future

Journalistic Writing   Here's a great first quarter assignment to get students thinking about the value of post high school education, training and experience, while you teach them journalistic style of story writing. The prompt: For what accomplishment will you receive an award in the arts, academics, athletics, politics, military…