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Vicki Davis

Literature and Nonfiction: Common-Core Advocates Strike Back - Curriculum Matters - Edu... - 5 views

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    Nice article at edweek about the informational texts versus great works of literature debate and what Common Core will do to lit. The one important, practical issue that all parties to this discussion MUST recognize - the classroom time is FINITE. Teachers would love to cover EVERYTHING but it just isn't practical. So, if one thing is emphasized over another, it may push something out. Unintended consequences are happening as people "align" their curriculum to common core standards. As all of the pundits and advocates argue this, it would be telling to sit down with an actual aligned curriculum to SEE what happens where the standards meet the lesson plans and what is actually pushed out - until then - it is all, rhetoric. Give us practical application, we're teachers, after all.

    From the edweek article:
    "Until recently, the closest we'd come to a major speech on the nonfiction-versus-fiction question was a piece in the Huffington Post by the English/language arts standards' co-authors, David Coleman and Sue Pimentel, insisting that literature "is not being left by the wayside."

    The message to rally the troops must have gone out, however. Because since the Coleman/Pimentel piece appeared, the common core's defenders have stepped up to counterbalance the literature-pushout crowd. The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation's Kathleen Porter-Magee, for instance, posted a piece arguing that it's a misinterpretation of the standards to say that teachers will have to teach less literature.

    In a recent email blast, the Foundation for Excellence in Education-led by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, one of the common core's biggest backers-declaimed the "misinformation flying around" about what will happen to literature under the common standards. "Contrary to reports," it said, "classic literature will not be lost with the implementation of the new standards." A glance at the standards' own suggested text lists, it noted, "reveals that the common core recognizes the importance of b
Vicki Davis

English Lesson Plan Ideas With Popplet | Poppletrocks! - 20 views

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    Many elementary teachers I know talk about how much they love popplet. Here's a blog post about how teachers are using Popplet to teach English in their classrooms. Lots of ideas. 
Vicki Davis

Reading Standards for Informational Text (Grades 3-5) - 11 views

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    As you work to integrate Common Core standards into your classroom, it may help to look at sample lessons. In this set, you can see lessons, presentations, and assessments working with informational text (grades 3-5). Remember that you can search the site by grade level and common core standard and that other subject areas besides Common Core are included on the site.
Vicki Davis

9 Amazing Word Cloud Generators For The Classroom …Word Clouds in Education S... - 1 views

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    If you use wordclouds to help extract meaning on a topic before beginning, (try pasting the Gettysburg address into one) then these 9 word cloud generators will be of use to you.
Vicki Davis

In the News - Snow White Premiere - Resources - TES - 1 views

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    Snow white just premiered in London so there will be a lot of interest. (Charlize Theron and Kristin Stewart are in the adaptation.) If you're wanting to talk about Snow White, here are some lesson plans and information for that purpose.
Vicki Davis

Writing lesson plans - 6 views

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    Here are some lesson plans for phonics and writing for younger students to use in your classroom. I've sorted it by the most popular first including some Outdoor ideas and some phonics games you could play.
Vicki Davis

Haiku Poems - Resources - TES - 5 views

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    This lesson plan for middle school teaches about Haiku and also reviews the concept of syllables. Very extensive resources to use on this one.
Vicki Davis

Autobiographical Writing - Resources - TES - 2 views

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    An autobiographical writing skills powerpoint and activity including a differentiated lesson plan and more traditional one. I like having different options. This is for older (high school) students.
Vicki Davis

Jacobean England presentation - Resources - TES - 1 views

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    If you're teaching Shakespeare or Webster, this Jacobean England presentation will be a nice introduction for you.
Vicki Davis

World Poetry Day - TES English - Resources - TES - 4 views

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    Get ready to read poetry! World Poetry day is March 21. Here are a lot of lesson plans and ideas for that day including some digital e-poetry booklets that you could download as well as mp3's and videos that you can use as well as lesson plans.
Vicki Davis

Son of Citation Machine - 5 views

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    There are a lot of great citation makers out there, but one of my favorites is David Warlick's Son of citation machine. He's added the ability to generate a pdf now. This is a great free option and works so well.
Vicki Davis

Secondary: English: KS3 Drama: Plays by Title teaching resources - TES - 10 views

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    Here's the page that high school literature teachers will want to go to. On the left hand side you'll see "Sub Sub topic" and you can click  on the play. Click More and you can see even more plays. This way you can find information by play.

    One of the things I found is a popular resource that uses Simpsons Images linking to Macbeth. (Not sure about copyright but  it is there and is very popular.) Curriculum directors will want to share this with their English departments.
Suzie Nestico

Education Week: District Leaders Get Dose of Teaching Common Core - 8 views

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    Focus on close reading in Common Core.  Many fear teachers are not prepared for this dramatic a shift where the textbook is the first, sole focus.  
Vicki Davis

Dickens 2012 - Celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens - Resources - TES - 3 views

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    Upload your Charles Dickens lessons and resources in this competition to submit the best resources. This is a UK competition, but perhaps some others may want to enter as well.

    I also wanted to include this because of the great list of Charles Dickens resources here. If you teach Great Expectations or any other Dickens classic, you'll want to download these free lesson plans and resources.


    To be eligible for the Charles Dickens / Literary Heritage competition, all lesson plans & teaching resources shared must only cater for texts by authors found in the literary heritage section of the Secondary English National Curriculum, or from current GCSE & A Level awarding body specifications for English.

    Your can submit resources for poetry, prose or drama texts (or all three!) across the relevant key stage. At GCSE and A Level, resources can be submitted to support teaching and learning of controlled assessment and / or examination units.

    When you upload resources for entry to the competition, please take care to tag and classify your resources accurately in the relevant key stage, topic and sub topic areas. For example:
Vicki Davis

inside a painting - Resources - TES - 8 views

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    How should students analyze a painting? This middle/ high school project gives a writing structure for analyzing painting in this cross disciplinary unit.
Vicki Davis

Cybraryman Writing Prompts - 9 views

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    Tons of writing prompts for composition teachers.
Vicki Davis

30 Ideas for Teaching Writing - National Writing Project - 9 views

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    30 ideas for teaching writing shares the ideas and links to the articles on this. If you're a writing teacher, you'll want to peruse these ideas.
Dean Mantz

Free music, free books, free games, free poems and free puzzles that help teach childre... - 15 views

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    Multiple resources for educators to use in teaching reading and literacy to elementary and special needs students.
Vicki Davis

Humorous Grammar Rules - 1 views

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    English teachers will enjoy these humorous grammar rules that have been circulating through twitter. These would be fun to share and use.
Vicki Davis

ICDL - International Children's Digital Library - 1 views

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    You can find a variety of books online, in many languages and reading levels (mostly Elementary). The titles are searchable just as you would in a library catalogue, and you can enlarge the text.
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    International Children's Library includes many ebooks that you can download onto your Kindle. The books are organized by grade level and there are over 10,000 of them. (A big hat tip to Peter Fogarty who shared this resource over at the TES forum, a place where I find a ton of great things for my classroom.)
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