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Questioning a Text: Deepening Discussions and Understandings

September 22, 2008


This summer I promised participants in my literature circle workshops that I would update my literature circle wiki throughout the year, sharing lessons and resources I use with my own students. As promised, I’ve added a PowerPoint I’ve created on questioning. The PowerPoint, embedded below, is nothing earth shattering, but it might save teachers some […]

Newly Launched Ning to Unite HS English Teachers

July 24, 2008


Nings allow us to form our own social network, a place where like-minded individuals can connect to share, discuss, debate, collaborate, create. It is my hope that Literacy Lighthouse , a ning I just launched, will connect high school English teachers around the globe. The 21st Century demands our students be able to read and […]

Cross-Curricular Project: National History Day

July 24, 2008


Last year, Mrs. Gillmore suggested we (as two of the English 11 teachers at BHS) work with the history department to have students create projects for National History Day. Since then, we’ve tossed around ideas and all agree a cross-curricular collaboration would be beneficial to our students. How can we bring all the history and […]

Poetry WebQuest

April 18, 2008


The end is near. As the school year grinds (that’s how it’s feeling as I’m majorly overloaded) through April, nearing May, I’ve been thinking about what I could do to keep kids enthused and me sane. My English 11 classes are well underway in a poetry unit, one which I knew, in the end, students would publish […]

Teaching Tone: Second in the Poetry Series

April 15, 2008


I confess: I simply haven’t had time to catalogue all the lessons in the poetry unit, so this is not actually the second lesson. It just happens to be today’s lesson. I’ll get back to the others—when I can find time to do them justice.   Created by my student intern, Ashley Dorsey, this lesson’s goal […]

Reading and Writing Poetry

April 10, 2008


These last few weeks of school, we’re tackling an intense poetry unit in my English 11 class. I’ve decided to pen a series of posts, detailing the unit. So, here’s the first in the series.   My goals for the unit center around three key skills: I want students to learn to analyze a poem, […]