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Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction

In an effort to help motivate students to read nonfiction, students are challenged to use a timeline to help them name the year when certain products were invented.

 

Student Interactives

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

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

 

 

Critical Media Literacy: Commercial Advertising

By looking at advertising and mass media critically, students begin to understand how the media oppresses certain groups, convinces people to purchase certain products, and influences culture.

 

 

Hero’s Journey

Hero’s Journey

Students can use this tool to learn about the elements of the hero's journey, analyze a text that follows the hero's journey pattern, or start creating a hero story of their own.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

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

 
 

 

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.

 

 

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  

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.

 

Facilitated Online Courses

Facilitated Online Courses

Facilitated Online Courses will guide you using classroom videos and professional texts to encourage collaboration around critical questions about literacy learning and school improvement.

 

 

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Jennifer Smith

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Jennifer Smith | 8th grade science, grammar, literature teacher | Monticello, IL

Last year I had the opportunity to coteach an eighth-grade language arts/literature class with a special education teacher in my building