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Using Songs and Their Videos to Teach Perspective and Poetry in Middle School

I'm a genius sometimes. No, really! I have lesson ideas come to me at the most random moments during the day. And they always surprise me because it happens when I'm not thinking about lessons. You know what I mean? So anyway, back to my genius. This is a little trip into the inner-workings of… Continue reading Using Songs and Their Videos to Teach Perspective and Poetry in Middle School

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Literature Circles in the Secondary Classroom: Student-Choice Novels Made Easier

Have you ever wanted to let students choose their own novel to read, but you couldn't figure out the best way to assess all those books? Don't want to write 20 tests? Tried to find literature circle materials that weren't for elementary kids? Well I might be able to help! How This All Started Originally… Continue reading Literature Circles in the Secondary Classroom: Student-Choice Novels Made Easier

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The Character One Pager- An Assessment for Any Novel

We need the bigger, better deal Every English teacher I know is looking for the bigger, better deal when it comes to assessing novels. We've moved WAY beyond the simple book report (I hope), and into the realm of critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis. In recent years I've tried the mandala (which you can read… Continue reading The Character One Pager- An Assessment for Any Novel

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Is Anyone Reading This? My Blogging Frustrations

If you are reading this, then it's a damn miracle because there are billions of people in the world, and about 2.5 of them actually read my blog (that's actually 2 1/2 people, not like 2.5 million or anything). I mean, hey, I think I'm pretty funny, and I have a lot to offer other… Continue reading Is Anyone Reading This? My Blogging Frustrations

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Seeing Red: Teaching Symbolism by Close Reading Text and Film

Last week I got to do one of my very favorite lessons of all time. Don't you love those days? You can go to school knowing that you're going to get to teach something way cool that you feel good about all day long. In my case, I got to teach it for two days… Continue reading Seeing Red: Teaching Symbolism by Close Reading Text and Film