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Latino Poetry Blog: Blogging as a Forum for Open Discussion

In this lesson, students use blogs to hold discussions about the effect of the factors of culture, history, and environment on Latino poetry.

 

Student Interactives

 

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.

 

 

I Remember That Book: Rereading as a Critical Investigation

Curl up with a good book again—or not. In this lesson, students brainstorm why they reread some books, while passing up others, and write their reflections in an essay.

 

 

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!

 
 

 

Choose, Select, Opt, or Settle: Exploring Word Choice in Poetry

Students investigate the effects of word choice in Robert Frost’s “Choose Something Like a Star” to construct a more sophisticated understanding of speaker, subject, and tone.

 

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 
 

 

Discovering Traditional Sonnet Forms

Students read sonnets, charting the poems’ characteristics and using their observations to deduce traditional sonnet forms. They then write original sonnets, using a poem they have analyzed as a model.

 

 

Letter Generator

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Developing Academic Thinking Skills in Grades 6-12: A Handbook of Multiple Intelligence Activities

Developing Academic Thinking Skills in Grades 6-12: A Handbook of Multiple Intelligence Activities

These skill-based activities will help students develop the academic thinking skills and language to understand challenging content concepts.

 

Resolution on Composing with Nonprint Media

Resolution on Composing with Nonprint Media

This resolution explains what educators can do to work with young people composing nonprint media that can include any combination of visual art, motion (video and film), graphics, text, and sound -- all of which are frequently written and read in nonlinear fashion.

 

 

Community Stories  

McCale Ashenbrener

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McCale Ashenbrener | Secondary Spanish and Language Arts Teacher | Boise, ID

I teach in a small rural district where every day I get to prepare six classes, Junior and Freshman English and Spanish 1, 2, 3 and Elementary Spanish