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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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Bulletin Board Bonanza- The Many Ways to Use Your Space

  Using Your SpaceIf you are lucky enough to have bulletin board space, make sure you are using it! There are so many teachers I know that wish they had more. In this post, I'm going to show you different ways to use your boards, but also give you some hacks to create boards where… Continue reading Bulletin Board Bonanza- The Many Ways to Use Your Space

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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

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Hero’s Journey and Annotation

  A long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away), I started teaching hero's journey when a colleague and I began teaching Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman. If you haven't read that book, or any of his work, PLEASE DO. He is one of the best YA authors out there, in my humble opinion.… Continue reading Hero’s Journey and Annotation