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Resources for Grades 11 - 12

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Giving Voice to Students Through "This I Believe" Podcasts

Students write and record their own essays for a class blog by first completing a series of activities designed to get them thinking and writing about their experiences.

 

Student Interactives

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

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

 

 

The Peace Journey: Using Process Drama in the Classroom

What does peace mean to you? In this lesson, students attempt to answer this question as they write and perform a short skit that reflects their ideas of peace.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

The ABCs of Poetry

Students examine a letter of the alphabet from all angles, creating image pools of original metaphors that they then turn into poems.

 

 

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.

 
 

 

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."

 

 

Bio Cube

Bio Cube

Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Teaching Literacy Across the Gradual Release of Responsibility

Teaching Literacy Across the Gradual Release of Responsibility

This series of strategy guides considers the ways that reading instruction in various contexts works together to help students develop independence as readers. Each strategy guide presents a strategy or instructional context in isolation, but this series of strategy guides is designed to support teachers as they explore the ways reading aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading all work together.

 

To Kill a Mockingbird in the Classroom: Walking in Someone Else's Shoes

To Kill a Mockingbird in the Classroom: Walking in Someone Else's Shoes

This book examines ways of engaging students as they study Harper Lee's novel. Included are collaborative learning, discussion, writing, and inquiry-based projects as well as activities related to the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird.

 

 

Community Stories  

Kristin Sample

The Pitfalls of Reader Response

Kristin Sample | English Faculty | Austin, TX

I was doing some volunteer work recently with Women’s Storybook Project and found myself in the midst of retired and currently working educators