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."
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.
Running an effective writing workshop can be a challenge on its own, but there are some supplies that can keep the writing process organized and effective for you and your students. Here, I've compiled a list of my essential writing workshop supplies to get you through the rest of the year!
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.
One of the things I feel that I don't take enough time to do is show my appreciation for all of my students and recognize their efforts throughout the year. I find that I spend far more time focusing only on my struggling students rather than recognizing each student's individual journey, success, and growth.
TeachWriting.org has announced a new writing project for the 2017-2018 school year. This year, the collaborators at TeachWriting are creating DAILY WRITING PROMPTS via their Facebook Page.
Using photography is an excellent way to inspire writing. Photos can be used to prompt personal narratives, persuasive essays, creative pieces, op-eds, thematic analysis, and more!
Creative writing is the art of constructing original ideas by synthesizing literary elements and techniques to communicate an overarching theme about life. Oftentimes in our English classes, we spend more time on the deconstruction process, analyzing works of art by taking them apart.
A Facebook friend of mine recently posted the following question: “Where can I go online to create an eye-catching poster for my upcoming show?” 99% of the people who responded said Canva.
Oftentimes when people grimace at the thought of “English class,” it’s because of their haunting memories of failed writing assignments.
I don’t know about you, but I have a difficult time working in meaningful reflection at the end of the school year. And meaningful reflection during the school year is nearly impossible. As soon as I finish one unit, we are immediately onto the next and then the next and then the next.
Motivating struggling writers can be quite a challenge. With struggling writers, it is important to create high-interest assignments that students will want to work on, assignments that they will want to put forth the effort on in order to succeed. If struggling students are bored with a writing topic, they won’t be as invested in it and won’t want to put the time and effort in to make it the best it can be.
I can't believe that another school year is almost over! Are you looking for super quick and easy reflective prompts to wrap up the end of the year? Here is a list of TEN songs along with prompts to inspire reflective writing.
Pixar short films made their debut in the early 1980's as Disney made the transition into computer animation technology. Appearing as introductions to to feature films, Disney Pixar shorts have become some of the most highly anticipated aspects of feature film releases.
You may find yourself in agreement with Frost's famous quote when it comes to teaching poetry in the secondary classroom. However, love it or hate it, poetry can play a helpful role in teaching students how to write! Famous poems can serve as mentor texts for students and showcase key literary and rhetorical devices in action.
One of the best ways to teach students how to integrate literary and rhetorical devices into their writing is to imitate the style of great writers.
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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 season of Christmas is upon us, and it is a season of the year that has inspired the setting of many iconic pieces of literature. The religious iconography of the holiday symbolizes themes of rebirth, renewal, sacrifice, forgiveness, grace, and the archetypal character of the chosen one...