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Resources for Grades 11 - 12

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Recording Readers Theatre: Developing Comprehension and Fluency With Audio Texts

Students investigate audio texts of mystery stories, evaluate them in terms of both literary and audio qualities, and create Readers Theatre scripts, which they use to record their own podcasts.

 

Student Interactives

 

Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales

The Fractured Fairy Tale tool encourages students to create their own fractured fairy tales.

 

 

A High-Interest Novel Helps Struggling Readers Confront Bullying in Schools

Students read a work of realistic fiction about bullying and gain understanding through writing, Readers Theatre, and discussion.

 

 

Mystery Cube

Mystery Cube

The Mystery Cube helps students identify and summarize story elements in this popular genre. It can be used as a postreading or prewriting activity.

 
 

 

A Poem of Possibilities: Thinking about the Future

After reading John Updike's “Ex-Basketball Player,” students write poems describing themselves five years in the future. The teacher takes the poems and mails them to students in five years.

 

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

 
 

 

An Exploration of Romanticism Through Art and Poetry

Students use art and poetry to explore and understand major characteristics of the Romantic period.

 

 

Trading Card Creator

Trading Card Creator

This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a variety of topics such as a character in a book, a person or place from history, or even a physical object. An excellent tool to for summarizing or as a prewriting exercise for original stories.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Selecting and Using Core Reading Programs

Selecting and Using Core Reading Programs

With the right texts and well-crafted lessons, you can help your students read with purpose. Here’s the recipe for putting it all together—and making your core reading program work for you.

 

Revision: How to Teach it, Learn it, Love it!

Revision: How to Teach it, Learn it, Love it!

This idea-packed web seminar, based on two of Barry Lane's books will send you back to the classroom with practical techniques and minilessons to show students how to love revision as much as professional writers do.

 

 

Community Stories  

Kristin Sample

The Pitfalls of Reader Response

Kristin Sample | English Faculty | Austin, TX

I was doing some volunteer work recently with Women’s Storybook Project and found myself in the midst of retired and currently working educators