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Cindy Marston

Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Printable Handbooks - 24 views

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    Chicago Shakespeare Theater has printable handbooks for many of Shakespeare's plays. "Each of our entirely original teacher handbooks includes active, engaging teaching activities, 400 years of critical thinking, synopses, and much more. Teaching activities-all aligned with the Common Core State Standards-are designed to draw upon some of the same practices and techniques that actors use in the rehearsal process to break open Shakespeare's challenging language."
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    "Each of our entirely original teacher handbooks includes active, engaging teaching activities, 400 years of critical thinking, synopses, and much more. Teaching activities-all aligned with the Common Core State Standards-are designed to draw upon some of the same practices and techniques that actors use in the rehearsal process to break open Shakespeare's challenging language.  "
Dana Huff

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature - Home - 12 views

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    This exhibition looks at the world from which Mary Shelley came, at how popular culture has embraced the Frankenstein story, and at how Shelley's creation continues to illuminate the blurred, uncertain boundaries of what we consider "acceptable" science.
Dana Huff

Evolving English Teacher: "How to Forge a Jane Austen Manuscript": Teaching Students Au... - 10 views

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    Glenda teaches us how to teach students to mimic one of the masters of prose-Jane Austen. Mimicry is often a great writing exercise for students who need to examine style.
Dana Huff

King Lear and Medicare Politics - 5 views

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    This article on the blog Better Living Through Beowulf might be an interesting way to connect King Lear to modern politics.
Dana Huff

Evolving English Teacher: #engchat: Out of the Desk & Into the Text: Using Performance ... - 11 views

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    Glenda Funk shares some performance pedagogy techniques designed to get students out of their desk and on their feet.
Dana Huff

Your English Class » Blog Archive » Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness - 7 views

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    Great introduction and resources for teaching Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Dana Huff

Teaching 'The Great Gatsby' With The New York Times - NYTimes.com - 15 views

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    The New York Times' collection of resources for teaching F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby.
Dana Huff

Tutoring Center, Hand Outs - 12 views

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    Great tutorial handouts from Bucks County Community College.
Leigh Newton

An Introduction to Critical Thinking - 12 views

  • "It is strange that we expect students to learn, yet seldom teach them anything about learning."
  • "We should be teaching students how to think. Instead, we are teaching them what to think."
  • "Many 17-year-olds do not possess the 'higher-order' intellectual skills we should expect of them. Nearly 40 percent cannot draw inferences from written material; only one-fifth can write a persuasive essay; and only one-third can solve a mathematics problem requiring several steps."
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  • Critical thinking is a learned ability that must be taught. Most individuals never learn it. Critical thinking cannot be taught reliably to students by peers or by most parents. Trained and knowledgable instructors are necessary to impart the proper information and skills.
  • Critical thinking can be described as the scientific method applied by ordinary people to the ordinary world.
  • Critical thinking means correct thinking in the pursuit of relevant and reliable knowledge about the world.
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    ""We should be teaching students how to think. Instead, we are teaching them what to think.""
Dana Huff

Old School by Tobias Wolff - 3 views

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    Mike LoMonico shared this excerpt from "Old School" by Tobias Wolff which explains why English teachers are awesome.
Leigh Newton

MyRead Guide - Three Stages Of Reading - 10 views

  • The Three Stages Of Reading strategy involves teaching students to delve into text. The Before Reading stage provides a scaffold for new concepts and vocabulary, promotes engagement and provides a means for prediction. The second stage, During Reading, allows students to integrate the knowledge and information they bring to the text with ‘new’ information in the text. The last stage, After Reading, allows students to articulate and process their understanding of what they have read and to think critically about the validity of the text.
  • Before Reading Stage
  • One of the purposes of Before Reading is to acknowledge the different experiences and background knowledge that students bring to a text, influencing how they will read and learn from a particular text. By knowing what students bring to a text the teacher can provide students with appropriate scaffolds to make links between what is already known and new information presented in a text.
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  • During Reading Stage
  • During this stage of the reading process students need structured means to integrate the knowledge and information they bring to the text with the ‘new or unknown’ within the text. They are processing the text and self-monitoring.
  • After Reading Stage
  • During the After Reading stage students articulate and process their understanding of what they have read and think critically about the validity of the text. Two tools that can be during this stage are Paired Reviews and Story Stars.
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    "The Three Stages Of Reading strategy involves teaching students to delve into text.
    The Before Reading stage provides a scaffold for new concepts and vocabulary, promotes engagement and provides a means for prediction.
    The second stage, During Reading, allows students to integrate the knowledge and information they bring to the text with 'new' information in the text.
    The last stage, After Reading, allows students to articulate and process their understanding of what they have read and to think critically about the validity of the text."
Melody Velasco

Improving Reading Fluency with Poetry | Resources for Teaching Reading - 6 views

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    Here are two great research articles about fluency & many links to poetry resources. Poetry is a great way to practice fluency. See sidebar for more resources.
skip zalneraitis

ICTeD Services: Teaching Literature + Web 2.0 - 12 views

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    "Teaching Literature + Web 2.0 "
Melody Velasco

Teaching That Sticks: Organizing Thinking - 9 views

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    "Graphic organizers will be beneficial to students whenever they are given new information. They can be used to sequence, brainstorm and organize. During reading and listening students should be encouraged to graphically organize new information."
Dana Huff

Activities that Promote Discussion - 11 views

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    A great collection of links on discussion activities for the English classroom.
Dana Huff

The seven secrets behind great teaching - Features - TES Connect - 6 views

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    What makes the good stand out from the rest?
Caroline Bachmann

Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude - 20 views

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    Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude. Includes detailed terms, interactive exercises, handouts, PowerPoints, and more!
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    Chomp Chomp exercises, handouts, presentations, tips and rules,
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