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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.

 

 

What Did They Say? Dialect in The Color Purple

Y’all set down a spell and learn ‘bout dialects!” In other words, your students will use The Color Purple to explore dialect and how it reveals information about the characters.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Finding Poetry in Prose: Reading and Writing Love Poems

After reading several poems that expand the definition of love poetry, students compose found poems based on a personal memoir—either their own or a love story of another writer.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Write Alouds

Write Alouds

This strategy guide explains how to use write-aloud (also known as modeled writing) to teach effective writing strategies and improve students’ independent writing ability.

 

Engaging Grammar: Practical Advice for Real Classrooms

Engaging Grammar: Practical Advice for Real Classrooms

Amy Benjamin challenges the idea of “skill and drill” grammar instruction, and Tom Oliva provides a teacher’s journal chronicling how the concepts in this book can work in a real classroom.

 

 

Community Stories  

Doris Powers

Creativity is the Key to Hook Reluctant Readers

Doris Powers | Educator | Pennsauken, NJ

As a teacher who works with high school students that struggle with reading, there have been times in my classroom when I have felt disappointed with a lesson.  However, lucky for me, I have found many valuable and successful strategies, by utilizing ReadWriteThink.org.  One lesson I particularly like is “Book Report Alternative: Hooking a Reader with a Book Cover” by Cassandra Love, where she provides a creative alternative to the book report.  Students are given the opportunity to exhibit their ability to comprehend, interpret, and appreciate text.  I believe that we need to hook reluctant readers with the joys of reading by implementing creative strategies based on their interests