Browsing All posts tagged under »literacy«

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 […]

15 Days to Twilight: Days 3 & 4

November 5, 2008


Enjoy the Day three and four Trivia questions. To learn about our local NEHS literacy project, read this post. In what state is the town of Forks? Where was Jasper born?

15 Days to Twilight: Day Two

November 4, 2008


Here’s Day Two’s trivia question for our 15 Days to Twilight event sponsored by our local chapter of the National English Honors Society.  This question is much easier than yesterday’s Day One question. What happens to vampires when the sun is out?

15 Days to Twilight

October 31, 2008


Literacy Lighthouse, our local school chapter of the National English Honors Society which I sponsor, is kicking off a contest next Monday, the first day of November: 15 Days to Twilight.  The idea is to feed the enthusiasm for Twilight, encouraging students to read and respond to the hit vampire series.   We’ll have daily […]

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 […]

goodreads: Get Students Connecting around Texts

August 12, 2008


GR_signup Originally uploaded by Filament Launcher This summer I shared goodreads in several of my workshops. If you haven’t yet heard of it, it’s one of the many online social libraries: sites that allow users to create a library of the books they’ve read, rate books, write reviews, discuss books with other users, write quiz questions, […]

Say it in 100 Words

July 30, 2008


Samsung’s Hope for Education Contest asks students and adults to submit a 100-word essay on this topic: “How has technology educated you on helping the environment and how or why has it changed your behavior to be more environmentally friendly?” I love/need free stuff. I submitted my entry today, exactly 100 words: I stand over the copier. Its […]