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Latino Poetry Blog: Blogging as a Forum for Open Discussion

In this lesson, students use blogs to hold discussions about the effect of the factors of culture, history, and environment on Latino poetry.

 

Student Interactives

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 

 

Analyzing and Podcasting About Images of Oscar Wilde

Students analyze images of Oscar Wilde used to publicize his 1882 American lecture tour. They then compare a caricature to another researched image, sharing this analysis in a podcast.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

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

 
 

 

Swish! Pow! Whack! Teaching Onomatopoeia Through Sports Poetry

Students explore poetry about sports, looking closely at the use of onomatopoeia. After viewing a segment of a sporting event, students create their own onomatopoeic sports poems.

 

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Engaging the Disengaged: Using Learning Clubs to Motivate Struggling Adolescent Readers and Writers

Engaging the Disengaged: Using Learning Clubs to Motivate Struggling Adolescent Readers and Writers

This article describes the use of learning clubs to motivate struggling students to engage in literacy events and foster literacy development.

 

Sherman Alexie in the Classroom: "This is not a silent movie. Our voices will save our lives."

Sherman Alexie in the Classroom: "This is not a silent movie. Our voices will save our lives."

Provides high school teachers with teaching strategies, classroom activities, and student samples for teaching the works of Sherman Alexie.

 

 

Community Stories  

Lisa Rank

Making Writing Meaningful to Middle School Students

Lisa Rank | Language Arts Teacher | Easton, MD

When asked to develop a Writing for Publication course for middle school students, I turned to ReadWriteThink.org for inspiration and advice