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Scaling Back to Essentials: Scaffolding Summarization With Fishbone Mapping

Students work in pairs and groups as they complete fishbone maps that highlight main ideas and relevant details from a cause-effect text and then write summaries of content area texts.

 

Student Interactives

 

Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales

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

 

 

Thoughtful Threads: Sparking Rich Online Discussions

Today's students love chatting online with friends. This lesson combines that love with literature. Students form literature circles and have meaningful online discussions about a literary work.

 

 

Persuasion Map

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

 
 

 

Found Poems/Parallel Poems

Students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.

 

 

Bio Cube

Bio Cube

Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.

 
 

 

Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology

Students read a poem by a Native American, explore Native American culture and then create a Website that explains words and phrases from the poem.

 

 

Flip-a-Chip

Flip-a-Chip

The Flip-a-Chip activity provides hands-on practice with affixes and roots, and also promotes comprehension through structural analysis and vocabulary in context.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Authoring With Video

Authoring With Video

Use a video-based platform as an inspiration for writing.

 

The Why and How of Multiple Texts in Middle and High School Classrooms

This Web seminar will explore the “why” and “how” of teaching multiple texts across all content areas in middle and high school.

 

 

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After nineteen years of teaching high school English and German, I switched to position of media specialist at a middle school