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Resources for Grades 7 - 8

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Crossing Boundaries Through Bilingual, Spoken-Word Poetry

Students explore the idea of “crossing boundaries” through bilingual, spoken-word poetry, culminating in a poetry slam at school or in the community.

 

Student Interactives

 

Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales

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

 

 

Slipping, Sliding, Tumbling: Reinforcing Cause and Effect Through Diamante Poems

Writing, revising, and publishing are just a few of the tasks students will complete in order to take their cause-and-effect diamante poems from an idea to a reality.

 

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

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

 
 

 

Exploring Change through Allegory and Poetry

Students read an example of allegory, review literary concepts, complete literary elements maps and plot diagrams, create a pictorial allegory, and write diamante poems related to the theme of change.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Alliteration in Headline Poems

Students will be introduced to the term alliteration and create a headline poem consisting of 25 words that contain at least three examples of alliteration.

 

 

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Trading Cards to Comic Strips: Popular Culture Texts and Literacy Learning in Grades K-8

Trading Cards to Comic Strips: Popular Culture Texts and Literacy Learning in Grades K-8

This resource shows how to use television, movies, video games, music, magazines, and other media to motivate students and enhance literacy learning.

 

Walk with Light: Guiding Students through the Conventions of Literary Analysis

Walk with Light: Guiding Students through the Conventions of Literary Analysis

Burdan shares some common misconceptions surrounding literary analysis and describes activities that help students understand “the play of language.”

 

 

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