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Dana Huff

Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Printable Handbooks - 15 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."
Mrs. Dawson

Digital Writing Workshop - Troy Hicks - 15 views

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    Companion site for THE DIGITAL WRITING WORKSHOP and CRAFTING DIGITAL WRITING
GoEd Online

101 Excellent Sites for English Educators - 27 views

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    101 of the best websites for English (ELA) grammar, writing, reading, ESL, vocabulary, spelling and more.
Dana Huff

Why fiction is good for you - Ideas - The Boston Globe - 9 views

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    "Is fiction good for us? We spend huge chunks of our lives immersed in novels, films, TV shows, and other forms of fiction. Some see this as a positive thing, arguing that made-up stories cultivate our mental and moral development. But others have argued that fiction is mentally and ethically corrosive. It's an ancient question: Does fiction build the morality of individuals and societies, or does it break it down?"
Tania Sheko

ShakespeareHelp - Merchant of Venice Lesson Plans, Merchant of Venice Quizzes, Help wit... - 1 views

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    The merchant of Venice lesson plans by ShakespeareHelp.com
ten grrl

Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers - ReadWriteThink - 10 views

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    Podcast on varying topics, published monthly.
andrew bendelow

Byliner - 17 views

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    Nice site full of interesting articles old and new--non-fiction
Dana Huff

Evolving English Teacher: "How to Forge a Jane Austen Manuscript": Teaching Students Au... - 13 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 - 2 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.
Daniel Bruno

News: Calibrating Students' B.S. Meters - Inside Higher Ed - 8 views

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    Great article on critical literacy
Caroline Bachmann

SearchStories Youtube Video Maker - 2 views

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    Create your own Google Search Story
Caroline Bachmann

Graphic Novels CMIS Evaluation Fiction Focus - 8 views

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    Resources and recommendations for teaching graphic novels
Dennis OConnor

Teaching to the Text Message - NYTimes.com - 9 views

  • So a few years ago, I started slipping my classes short writing assignments alongside the required papers. Once, I asked them, “Come up with two lines of copy to sell something you’re wearing now on eBay.” The mix of commerce and fashion stirred interest, and despite having 30 students in each class, I could give everyone serious individual attention. For another project, I asked them to describe the essence of the chalkboard in one or two sentences. One student wrote, “A chalkboard is a lot like memory: often jumbled, unorganized and sloppy. Even after it’s erased, there are traces of everything that’s been written on it.”
  • My ideal composition class would include assignments like “Write coherent and original comments for five YouTube videos, quickly telling us why surprised kittens or unconventional wedding dances resonate with millions,” and “Write Amazon reviews, including a bit of summary, insight and analysis, for three canonical works we read this semester (points off for gratuitous modern argot and emoticons).”
    • Leslie Healey
       
      these comments are more useful than the article--we do a "welcome" every morning from the night's reading. This might freshen up the "welcome" and remind them of its relevance to their lives. Thanks.
  • And short isn’t necessarily a shortcut. When you have only a sentence or two, there’s nowhere to hide.
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  • Rewarding concision first will encourage students to be economical and innovative with language.
Dana Huff

Evolving English Teacher: #engchat: Out of the Desk & Into the Text: Using Performance ... - 5 views

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