There are lots of creative ways to facilitate reflection at the end of the school year. Integrating novelty into any lesson makes it more interesting, and the same concept applies to reflection questions.
One-pagers are all the rage these days. When students process their learning in this fun visual style, the results are powerful.
Love it or hate it, poetry is unavoidable in the secondary ELA classroom. I, for one, am a HUGE lover of poetry but fully acknowledge that it can be annoyingly cryptic at times. Reading poetry reminds us that not all texts are meant to be beat "with a hose to find out what [they] really mean" like in the Billy Collins poem "Introduction to Poetry."
I am a HUGE fan of Doug Savage's Savage Chickens "comics." Savage Chickens is a single-frame comic drawn on a sticky note that illustrates the life of chickens whose experiences reveal the "savage" truths of the human existence.
The difficult aspect of selecting a film study is finding one that is age-appropriate, content-appropriate, and still high quality in its thematic content and plot line.
As we kickoff 2018, the media is already reporting upon key issues that will define the new year. These issues include women's rights, sexual harassment, DACA, the tax code, healthcare, unions, prescription drug abuse, cryptocurrency, and many others.
The Christmas holiday season is the most popular retail season of the year. Companies hire ad agencies to compete against all of the sales of the season in order to attract attention to their products and services.
It's the "most wonderful time of the year" once again! Every year, the holiday season inspires new movie ideas, and some of these movies go on to become some of the most beloved films of all time with some of the most well-known movie speeches in film history.
In screenwriting (writing for movies and TV), the logline is key to brainstorming story ideas and also selling them or "pitching" them to buyers. Crafting loglines can help the writer to flesh out new plot ideas before writing the entire script. It's much easier to revise the logline rather than an entire hundred page script!
Writing goes all ways: forwards, backwards, sideways, over there, and over here. In fact, the only piece of the writing process that occurs at a set point in time is publishing.
Do you ever see something like this when grading literary analysis essays?
“Frankenstein’s monster says, ‘If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!’” This shows that the monster wants to cause fear.”
Essay shaping sheets are essentially templates for writing that guide students through the writing process. A shaping sheet can be as small as a sentence template or as large as an entire paragraph or even essay. But are these tools helpful, or do they ultimately hinder student development? Well, the million-dollar answer to this question is… it depends.
The Writer’s Notebook is the heart of the English classroom. It is the place that holds a student’s reflections on literature and life...
Book club is now considered to be one of the “best practices” in English Language Arts. Book clubs differ from traditional literary circles in that they are less teacher-directed. The students take on the responsibility of selecting their roles, making their assignments, keeping track of their reading, and much more.
The first rule of Book Club is: you do not talk about Book Club. The second rule of Book Club is: you DO NOT talk about Book Club! Kidding. The only rule of Book Club is: DO IT...
The solution to taking back your holiday breaks all comes down to buying yourself time before and after the break to do the things that need to get done. In essence, it all comes down to planning...
The Writer's Notebook has become a cornerstone of the English classroom over the past decade and has been touted by NCTE, The College Board, The National Writing Project, The Young Writer's Project, and others as a necessary component in the writing process...
As we near the end of the school year, this is a fantastic time for a poetry unit! Poetry is excellent when used as a reflective tool because it allows students the chance to express their thoughts...