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Thoughtful Threads: Sparking Rich Online Discussions

Today's students love chatting online with friends. This lesson combines that love with literature. Students form literature circles and have meaningful online discussions about a literary work.

 

Student Interactives

 

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.

 

 

Discovering a Passion for Poetry With Langston Hughes

Through a study of Langston Hughes' poetry, students connect his writing to his place in history.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 
 

 

Discovering Traditional Sonnet Forms

Students read sonnets, charting the poems' characteristics and using their observations to deduce traditional sonnet forms. They then write original sonnets, using a poem they have analyzed as a model.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

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

 
 

 

An Exploration of Romanticism Through Art and Poetry

Students use art and poetry to explore and understand major characteristics of the Romantic period.

 

 

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  

Going Bohemian: How to Teach Writing Like You Mean It

Going Bohemian: How to Teach Writing Like You Mean It

This resource offers unconventional strategies to guide students through some of the more difficult tasks in learning to write.

 

Aligning the Strategies Identified in Writing Next with the Common Core State Standards

In this Web seminar, work together to see how collaboration, inquiry, and the study of models can improve your students' writing in a variety of genres that meet the narratives, informative, and argument standards of the CCSS.

 

 

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