Resources from Other Educators

 Help with Common Core  Scroll down.  Adapt, Adopt and Enjoy!     From Nancy Patterson, associate professor, College of Education, Grand Valley State University, and coeditor of the Language Arts Journal of Michigan: "Don't miss these lesson plans from ReadWriteThink: Exploring Reading Strategies by Creating a Soundtrack and  A Picture's…

Motion Poems

Poetry in Motion: Using Tech Looking for a fresh way to have students experience and write poetry?  Take a look at the website, MOTION POEMS,  that shows animated poetry with sound. Here’s an option for your computer savvy students who are comfortable with or eager to learn animation.  What a…

PHOTO BEACH

Vocabulary with Photos PHOTO BEACH: Another VIDEO MAKER for using photos.  Has music options on the site.    To try it out, I created a PowerPoint File, converted the slides to JPEG, then uploaded them into Photo Beach. I can see it being used to expand a vocabulary lesson. Small groups could complete…

Free Blogging Sites

BLOGGING SITES Free blogging sites recommended by Kesha L. Campbell in "New Technologies and the English Classroom" about her work with  Jefferson County High School in Fayette, Mississippi (August, 2011 edition of English Leadership Quarterly.)  "....free websites that can be used for blogging, like edublog.com, teacherlingo.com, and classchatter. com.”

Resources for Poetry Units

Poetry Resources for Planning START NOW TO GATHER RESOURCES for POETRY units. Check back regularly for additional links. Here’s a resource, WRITING FIX  recommended by JASON SCOTT.   The site has Mentor Text Lessons: Published Poetry and lessons based on lyrics from popular music. Five Great Sites for Making Poetry Happen…

Writing a Narrative Poem

Poetry - Writing Narratives Narrative poems can be about one's personal experiences or observations and can also be about something one has read.  This assignment is one I designed to have students practice writing poetry as they reported on a self-selected book they read during the third quarter one school…