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Pictures Tell the Story: Improving Comprehension With Persepolis

Students get the big picture of the Middle East when they read and analyze Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis.

 

Student Interactives

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 

 

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.

 

 

Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales

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

 
 

 

Speaking Poetry: Exploring Sonic Patterns Through Performance

Using their voices as interpretive instruments, students gain a deeper appreciation of the art of poetry as they prepare a recitation of the frequently anthologized poem "Those Winter Sundays."

 

 

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

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

 
 

 

Many Years Later: Responding to Gwendolyn Brooks' "We Real Cool"

Students analyze the Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "We Real Cool" and then write about how the character's pool hall days might influence who the character becomes fifty years in the future.

 

 

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Graphic Novels in the Secondary Classroom and School Libraries

Graphic Novels in the Secondary Classroom and School Libraries

This article examines the rise in popularity of graphic novels, the sales of which have steadily increased as their influence expands into adolescent culture.

 

Great Films and How to Teach Them

Great Films and How to Teach Them

Costanzo offers high school and college teachers an updated, expanded edition that contains 80% new material on teaching film, including study guides of 14 new film with relevant ways to engage their students through a medium that students know and love.

 

 

Community Stories  

McCale Ashenbrener

ReadWriteThink, a fairy godmother for busy teachers

McCale Ashenbrener | Secondary Spanish and Language Arts Teacher | Boise, ID

I teach in a small rural district where every day I get to prepare six classes, Junior and Freshman English and Spanish 1, 2, 3 and Elementary Spanish