Teacher Writes; Students Pattern

[caption id="attachment_6961" align="alignleft" width="156"] Image[/caption] The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Sonnets 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 in a rhymed couplet! First, Ms.…

CATE 2015

PATTERNING LEADS TO ORIGINALITY What a delight to see you at the PATTERNS session at CATE 2015 in San Jose.  Click link to view the slides from that presentation. Speaking and Writing from Patterns-CATE 2015 Please do me a favor.  Will you send me assignments you create as you adapt what…

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…

Pattern Poetry

Pantoums and A Farewell to Manzanar Pantoums One pattern that yields successful poems in middle school is a version of the less-familiar pantoum, a poem consisting of eight non-rhyming lines each are used twice. A pantoum is less intimidating for reluctant poets and works well because it is based more…

Physically Feeling Poetry

Understanding Mood and Rhythmic Devices A few strategies that both middle school and high school students find interesting follow. One idea is considering contemporary or classical wordless music that the text evokes either because of the rhythm, sound, or connotations of the words. Auditory learners really are drawn to this…