In my last blog post, I shared how I used book tasting to help students pick one of five books for our American Lit book club project. There are many ways teachers may structure book club meetings and assignments---some choose a path that is very open and flexible while others may provide more structure. I … Continue reading Adventures in American Lit Book Clubs, Part 2: Organizing Prep Work, Learning Activities, and Conversation Structures
I've done many variations of book tasting activities over the years, but this past Wednesday (February 21) I did one that did not involve as much planning and was structured differently. However, as simple as this format was, I think it was one of the most effective variations I've tried. I began by working on … Continue reading Book Tasting: A Recipe for Designing Student Book Clubs in Language Arts Classes
Like many of you, I am always looking for ways to engage students in conversation with each other. After we finished reading Act II of Macbeth together last week, I wanted to give students a conversation structure to help them discuss their review questions as well as some bigger questions related to theme, what they … Continue reading Give Them Something To Talk About: Collaboration and Conversations with Reflection Squares
About a month ago, I wrote about some rather sophisticated work my honors 12th ELA students did with deconstructing mentor texts. However, not all students are ready to take on such a task. How might you scaffold those learners and give them the experience but on a smaller scale and in a way that is … Continue reading Fun with Text Structure: Paragraph Scramble Competition
Way back in the day of my graduate school days at the University of Georgia, I took a Folk Literature class with Dr. Linda DeGroff as part of my coursework (sadly, Dr. DeGroff passed away last year). It was in this course I was introduced to the joys of Reader's Theatre. You can find … Continue reading Reader’s Theatre for Introducing Informational Content: It’s Not Just for K-5!
Last week I had the pleasure and honor of co-teaching a professional development course for Hall County teachers, Teaching Reading in the Content Areas, with my Chestatee Academy principal Jennifer Kogod. We both share a passion for all things literacy, so when she asked me to teach the course with her earlier this spring, I … Continue reading Getting Our Joy On: Summer PD with Hall County Teachers