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Deborah Baillesderr

CommonLit | Free Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Resources, Curriculum, & Assessment Mate... - 53 views

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    Great resource for CCSS-ELA. This site is geared for grades 5-12. The library is full of informational and literature text that can be found by lexile range, grade level, theme, genres, device or standards. You have the ability to get paired text, related media (videos), a teacher guide, and a parent guide. Assessment and discussion questions are included that asked students to prove their answers using passages from the text. Truly worth checking out.
victoria waddle

How books can sap the soul and poison readers with i... - 28 views

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    Novels have power and influence. Interesting look at the darker side of the author's power over the reader in an age when we insist that all reading is goodness and light. Not a call for censorship by any means--just a reflection on how truly powerful literature is.
svanwaters

Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students. - 24 views

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    Video of how to create a literature review
Deborah Baillesderr

Commonlit - 64 views

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    "COMMONLIT is a collection of poems, short stories, news articles, historical documents, and literature for classrooms."
Deborah Baillesderr

Commonlit - 60 views

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    "COMMONLIT is a collection of poems, short stories, news articles, historical documents, and literature for classrooms."
Sharin Tebo

Creative Educator - Build Thinking Skills with Informational Text Projects - 38 views

  • This informational text piece lends itself to having students create an associative letter project versus a traditional report. In an associative letter project, students are assigned a letter that they must use to find words representing the text they’ve just read. For example, “R is for the Montgomery Bus Boycott” might lead a student to choose words like race, rights, or Rosa as the focus of a variety of paragraphs that describe the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
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      I like this associative activity!
  • By providing students with meaningful, thought-provoking experiences, you can turn informational text study into an exercise in creative and critical thinking!

  • Informational text isn’t going to bring about the death of creativity; rather, creativity depends upon what we ask students to do with the text once they’ve read it. If we ask students to read a non-fiction passage then fill out a worksheet about the passage, we are missing a chance to provide our students with an opportunity to create imaginative, artistic end products demonstrating critical thinking skills hard at work.
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  • Grades 6-8
    Exemplar Informational Text: Freedom Walkers, the Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, by Russell Freedman
    Creative Thinking Approach: Associative Letter Project

    In Freedom Walkers,
Jennifer Diaz

13 Strategies to Improve Student Classroom Discussions - 149 views

  • These 13-teacher and expert-tested strategies will strengthen your students' ability to find and use evidence from any text
  • Texts that inspire questions encourage students to return to the text and find support for their answers
  • starting with one overarching focus question
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  • Require students to have evidence ready at the start of the discussion
  • "prove it"
  • evidence will actually open up a text to different interpretations
  • The challenge is getting students to expand and explain. To get students to explain why they choose a piece of evidence, provide them with a structure that moves from evidence to interpretation. Williams' students use a graphic organizer with three columns: They write their answer in the first column, note textual evidence in the second, and explain their evidence in the third.
    • Jennifer Diaz
       
      I want to do this!
  • Use sentence starters strategically
  • In the text ... the author mentions ...
  • the author uses this evidence to ... this lets us know that ...
  • Give students enough time to flip through and find just the right piece of evidence. If other students are getting antsy, choose one of your always-ready students to share, then loop back to the student who needed time with the text
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      Good idea to keep the pace moving, while providing enough time to find better evidence.
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      And if you encourage a collaborative atmosphere, having students ALL look for evidence related to each person's idea will mean they are all engaged in searching whenever anyone makes a claim. Either choose someone who has found it, or have them mark the page and keep searching for more evidence. Then have students ALL GO to the passage cited, so they can closely follow and respond with additional or conflicting evidence.
  • "Just because there's more than one right answer," says Riley, "doesn't mean there's no wrong answer."
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      Part of what students do when they all look for evidence for each idea is to learn to weigh evidence for competing ideas and sift out "weaker" or unsupported answers from "stronger" claims. Brainstorming an idea that later doesn't pan out should not e seen as bad or wrong, but more accurately as the way idea-generating and sifting actually happens in many situations.
  • According to page
  • create an anchor chart
    • Jennifer Diaz
       
      Create and authentic anchor chart of student/teacher generated starters and prompts.
  • Listen for how students personalize the discussion, and encourage them to develop their own voice.
  • go back to the text
  • They answer the focus question a second time, explain whether or not they changed their answers, and reflect on how the evidence brought up during discussion impacted their thinking.
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    Great ideas for 6th grade response to literature discussion and writing.
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    I haven't taught sixth grade for 3 1/2 years now, but if I ever go back to ms, I'd incorporate this into my weekly plans. One way I get my second graders to grow their thinking is by having them respond to one another using the following prompts:

     I agree with the part about…
     Going back to what you said about…
     One thing I noticed…
     One thing I pictured…
     It reminded me of…
     I am not sure what you are saying. Could you say it in another way?
     I agree with what you are saying because…
     What you just said matches what is in my mind because…
     I hear what you are saying, but I see it differently because…
     If what you said is true, is it not also true that…
     That is true, but…
    Or - That is true, and…
     Could you say more?
     Could you give me an example?
     I would like to add on to what _________ said.
     I have an example of what you just said.
     I wonder why…
     I was surprised to see…
     Another thing that goes with that is…
     So are you saying…
Randy Rodgers

Booktrack Classroom - Teachers - 91 views

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    Intriguing site lets students or teachers read along to stories with audio, movie-style soundtracks or create their own soundtracks for creative writing assignments. Includes a few sample lesson plans for using the site with elementary, middle, or high school students.
victoria waddle

Teen/YA book reviews - 43 views

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    I've been reviewing books for teens for several years, and I hope you'll have a look. These are mostly teen fiction, but there is also nonfiction, adult books that have teen appeal and hi-lo books for English learners and other working on reading skills.
Deborah Baillesderr

English Timeline - 43 views

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    "This interactive timeline allows you to explore the evolution of English language and literature, from the 11th century to the present day."
Kris Cody

Narrative Magazine - 53 views

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    Short stories, poetry, photographs.
Randolph Hollingsworth

The Heart of the Matter, report by the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences... - 0 views

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    The Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences asks us to join in a national conversation about the demise of the humanities in our schools. "As we strive to create a more civil public discourse, a more adaptable and creative workforce, and a more secure nation, the humanities and social sciences are the heart of the matter, the keeper of the republic-a source of national memory and civic vigor, cultural understanding and communication, individual fulfillment and the ideals we hold in common. They are critical to a democratic society and they require our support."
nslively1

Annotopia: Choices for children: why and how to let students decide - 2 views

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    Kamii, C. (1991). Toward autonomy: The importance of critical thinking and choice making. School Psychology Review, 20(3), 382-388.
Steven Szalaj

Straight Through the Heart - NYTimes.com - 6 views

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    Essay about teaching literature by finding the emotional connection in the readers, then examining how that happened in the writing.  Instead of teaching from theory and structure, this develops concepts of theory and structure from the reading experience.
Gene Tognetti

Adding Tech to Literature Circles from Common Core & Ed Tech - 9 views

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    Many web tools that support effective Literature Circles.
Catherine Hainstock

All Educational Productions - 44 views

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    "Nobelprize.org's educational section consists of 46 productions. Of these, 29 are interactive learning games of various sorts and degrees of difficulties. Most of them also includes a "Read more" about the subject.
    Enjoy learning!"
Brianna Crowley

Education Week Teacher: In Common Core, Teachers See Interdisciplinary Opportunities - 89 views

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    For English and Social Studies teachers looking to align to Common Core while not sacrifice engagement and content this has some great suggestions. 
Heather Wheat

2081 Universal Absurdity - Video Dailymotion - 2 views

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    Harrison Bergeron adaptation - short film.
Andrew McCluskey

'Te's Harmony,' Youth Play, Brings Shakespeare To Modern Richmond, Inspires Documentary - 16 views

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    "'Te's Harmony,' Youth Play, Brings Shakespeare To Modern Richmond, Inspires Documentary"
Michael Sheehan

Learning Never Stops: Memrise - Learn Something New Everyday for Free - 6 views

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    Learn something new everyday with Memrise. Excellent resource for supporting your curriculum or for parents who want to help their child from home.
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