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What Did They Say? Dialect in The Color Purple

Y’all set down a spell and learn ‘bout dialects!” In other words, your students will use The Color Purple to explore dialect and how it reveals information about the characters.

 

Student Interactives

 

Venn Diagram, 3 Circles

Venn Diagram, 3 Circles

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn Diagrams that contain three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

 

Giving Voice to Students Through "This I Believe" Podcasts

Students write and record their own essays for a class blog by first completing a series of activities designed to get them thinking and writing about their experiences.

 

 

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.

 
 

 

Speaking Poetry: Exploring Sonic Patterns Through Performance

Using their voices as interpretive instruments, students gain a deeper appreciation of the art of poetry as they prepare a recitation of the frequently anthologized poem “Those Winter Sundays.”

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

Discovering Poetic Form and Structure Using Concrete Poems

This lesson uses concrete poems to explore the connection between a poem's layout and its meaning. While appropriate any time of year, the lesson is especially topical near Columbus Day.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Supporting Students As They Read Independently

Supporting Students As They Read Independently

This guide includes basic theory and practice for supporting students reading independently, which is the last instructional context along the gradual release of responsibility.

 

Supporting Adolescent Readers through Classroom-based Assessment

Supporting Adolescent Readers through Classroom-based Assessment

This Web seminar will help participants re-imagine assessment as a tool for creating better mental constructs of their students as readers and learners and, consequently, as a valuable means of guiding day-to-day instruction.

 

 

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Tisha Ortega

Finding the "Write" on ReadWriteThink

Tisha Ortega | Teacher | Hartsburg, IL

I have been a Spanish teacher for almost 20 years, and I had always taught at large, urban schools