Prepare for Exams

Prepare to Assess Successfully You can begin now and ensure that your students will be ready to do well on the semester exam.   First, write in your own words specifically what plan to measure.  Consider these ideas.   (1) How well students recall what you’ve taught about ______________. (2)…

Discussion Key to Learning

Planned Time for Talking  Enhances Teaching     You may assign time for THINK, PAIR, SHARE, triads, or small groups.  All can give students time to think, speak, listen and share their ideas about the topic or text of the day. Discussion Starters  

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…

A Day in the Life of…

Measure Comprehension A DAY IN THE LIFE OF…. It’s always fun to find alternative ways for students to show what they know about characters they read about, while practicing other language arts skills.  Here’s one writing assignment called, “DAY IN THE LIFE OF..". that I’m adapting from an assignment found…

Critiquing or Grading Writing

It is helpful to understand the difference between critiquing student writing and grading student writing.  This link, Critiquing or Grading can help you create a rubric that achieves your goals. Students will appreciate knowing how they are being assessed, too.  So, I recommend clarifying the goals and allowing students to practice…

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.