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"I Wouldn't Choose It, but I Don't Regret Reading It": Scaffolding Students' Engagement With Complex Texts

Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library

"I Wouldn't Choose It, but I Don't Regret Reading It": Scaffolding Students' Engagement With Complex Texts

Three strategies are presented to support secondary students in negotiating the challenges posed by complex texts.

 

Analyzing Grammar Rants: An Alternative to Traditional Grammar Instruction

Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library

Analyzing Grammar Rants: An Alternative to Traditional Grammar Instruction

Kenneth Lindblom and Patricia A. Dunn teach language awareness and use through published complaints about the teaching of grammar. Students are able to recognize issues of race and class that determine acceptable usage and learn the importance of audience in their own language use.

 

Stop Pretending and Think about Plot

Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library

Stop Pretending and Think about Plot

Jago offers a review of Freytag’s Pyramid and an example of how work with the concept of plot structure positively affected student understanding and writing.

 

Studying Literature: New Approaches to Poetry and Fiction

Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library

Studying Literature: New Approaches to Poetry and Fiction

The book includes a variety of literary texts, along with accessible discussions and stimulating exercises to help students investigate the values, assumptions, and practices that underlie literary activity.

 

Pamphlets: An Introduction to Research Techniques

Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library

Pamphlets: An Introduction to Research Techniques

Describes a four- to six-week project for high school sophomores in which students create pamphlets and in the process learn basic research skills and practice several elements of the research paper.