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Teaching How Diction Reveals Tone

September 16, 2009


Teaching students to dig deep into a text can be challenging, especially when today’s students aren’t regular readers. Since school started four weeks ago, I’ve been trying to inspire mine to establish a daily habit of reading and to read deeply. Today, we tackled diction and tone. I began the lesson by having three  students […]

Head2Head: Teaching Students to Argue the Right Way

January 30, 2009


Generally, students are trotting off to college, unprepared to meet academic demands. Professors–followed soon by employers–demand that students be able to construct an argument.  It’s no wonder many students fall short. Constructing an argument requires students to be critical readers and thinkers and skilled writers: They must first be adept at inquiry, able to explore […]

Teaching Narrative Writing: A Place Narrative Unit

October 7, 2008


My English 11 students are currently writing a place narrative modeled after a narrative in Penny Kittle’s book Write Beside Them. Taking Penny’s advice, I’ve been walking students through the writing process, working alongside them to share my own inventive process, using my work as a model for students. Here’s what we’ve done so far: Brainstormed: […]

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 […]

Whiteboard Wonders: Visualizing Vocabulary

September 4, 2008


I love my whiteboards. In the first post in this series, I shared the details of arming every student with a whiteboard and a participial phrase lesson using whiteboards. This post shares ideas for using whiteboards to help students tackle vocabulary. I created the video below using a Flip camcorder. I simply walked around the room, snapped […]

Low-Tech Solution Reaps High-End Results

September 4, 2008


I’d love for every student in my classroom to have a laptop. They don’t. In the absence of one-to-one laptops, I’ve been searching for ways to engage each student. Enter individual whiteboards. Get Every Kid a Whiteboard This summer I purchased a classroom set (30) of 16X16 whiteboards at Home Depot for less than $30-they […]

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 […]