Offering Choice in your Reading Response Activities | Top Teaching Tasks
Reading Response activities will likely form a major part of your reading programme, whether you are running guided reading groups, a daily 5 system,
9 Tricks to Help Students FINISH That Book
This battle of wills is perhaps the most epic, universal, and notorious problem that English teachers face, even more than grading struggles: getting students to ACTUALLY read that book, short story, article, or poem. Whether it’s an assigned text or choice reading, students have a variety of obstacles that make reading at home difficult. The struggle ranges from the innocent (forgetting to read) to the sympathetic (struggling to read) to the frustrating (too busy to read) to the malicious…
Rhetoric Explained with "Freakonomics"
The easiest way to explain what rhetoric means is with one simple sentence: it is persuasion. A more complicated definition, is that rhetoric is one person trying to change another person's opinion, whether orally or in a written work, and by using effective language. Nowadays, it may have negative connotations for seeming like it lacks facts or substance, but rhetoric is actually achieved by specifically analyzing how one phrases things, and by appealing to the audience, and as well as…
The Literacy Effect
When it comes to teaching reading and writing to middle school students, it's overwhelming to know where to start with what to teach them. Below I'm going to recap a few of my favorite lessons to teach within the first two months of the school year. Lesson One: Selecting Independent Reading Material The way I run Reading Workshop rests on doing a daily reading minilesson following the gradual release of responsibility (modeling, have-a-go, application, share). During that application time…
Task Card Activity for Literature: Apply to ANY Novel or Short Story!
Literary response task cards for ANY fiction text, ready to help students pinpoint story elements and critically analyze the story or novel! Middle or high school English classes
The Literacy Effect
Each school year a unique mix of middle school students enter the doors of my classroom. Each with a story, each with different strengths, each with different weaknesses. I never take this responsibility lightly because what this means for me, as their teacher, is that I don't get to take the already published book off the shelf and write the same story as I did last year. Instead, we create and co-author a new story together. A story that I could never dream up or predict until it happens…
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8 Must Have Writing Workshop Charts — TeachWriting.org
Here is my personal definition of a writing chart: any information displayed in your classroom to support students in their endeavors as writers. Charts can be small, medium or big. They can be handwritten or typed. They can be written on whiteboards or p