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I wanted to collect strategies and materials to use in my Pre-AP American Literature class. Although I curated with the Pre-AP student in mind, the resources are applicable to grades 9-12.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story. Awesome way to start a discussion on diversity in literature. Read 19 Short Stories From Nobel Prize-Winning Writer Alice Munro Free Online. Great variety/easy to connect with larger works. Calling her a “master of the contemporary short story,” the Swedish Academy awarded 82-year-old Alice Munro the Nobel Prize in Literature today.

Read 19 Short Stories From Nobel Prize-Winning Writer Alice Munro Free Online. Great variety/easy to connect with larger works.

It is well-deserved, and hard-earned (and comes not long after she announced her retirement from fiction). After 14 story collections, Munro has reached at least a couple generations of writers with her psychologically subtle stories about ordinary men and women in Huron County, Ontario, her birthplace and home. Only the 13th woman writer to win the Nobel, Munro has previously won the Man Booker Prize in 2009, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction in Canada three times (1968, 1978, and 1986), and two O. Henry Awards (2006 and 2008). Her regional fiction draws as much from her Ontario surroundings as does the work of the very best so-called “regional” writers, and captivating interactions of character and landscape tend drive her work more so than intricate plotting.

Why do I like to write short stories? “Voices” – (2013, Telegraph) Jimmy Carter: Why I believe the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse. This is a great conversation starter. Compassion and Kinship: Fr Gregory Boyle at TEDxConejo 2012 Use this as a companion to Tattoos on the Heart. Tie it to Catholic social justice. Examining Tone: I got this at a Pre-AP literature summer seminar with Terri Marshall. Use it at the beginning of the year. Tone Word Presentation Example PDF: Have students select a tone word and develop presentation. Incorporate grammar skills. Analyzing the Rhetorical Situation: Use this as an introduction to rhetoric. Thanks to Terri Marshall of St. Mary's School. What Do Students Need to Learn about Rhetoric? From AP Central. It is good to see what the AP Board says.

Pathos Expanded: Mr. Pogreba's AP Lang website is a great source. Logos Expanded: Mr. Pogreba's AP Lang website is a great source for rhetoric. Ethos Expanded: Mr. Pogreba's AP Lang website is a great source for rhetoric. What is Rhetoric? - I developed this as an introduction to rhetoric. Using commercials is a great way to get them thinking about the rhetorical appeals. Thread Envelope Activity- Letitia Hughes: This has a variety of novels. This is a go-to site for larger works. The 3 Levels of Reading: Includes a teacher's instructional guide. Levels of Questioning Activity: Retrieved from www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us/ Coffeehouse Discussions: I developed this lesson after viewing several instructional videos from Sarah Brown Wessling. Authors Choice Critical Friends: This lesson was adapted from David Olio (TLC). Collaborative. QuickParagraphAnalysisDirections: I developed this from David Olio's Critical Friends lesson. Two day exercise.

QPA: The Scarlet Letter Interrupted Passage 1. QPA: TheScarlet Letter Interrupted Passage 2. The Scarlet Letter Interrupted Passage 3. The Scarlet Letter Interrupted Passage 4. Poetic & Literary Devices Writing. Assignment from Mr. Pogreba via Challenging Assignment. It's #NationalPoetryDay □□□ Check out how to use poetry to facilitate a discussion about real issues with students. Favorite Poem Project: This is a great catalog of every day people who love poetry. TPCASTT Strategy: This is a great strategy to explicate a poem. Strategy For Deeper Student Conversations: Conver-Stations: A Sarah Brown Wessling Lesson, retrieved from TTC. Modified this to develop Coffeehouse Discussions. Exploring Essential Questions Through Various Texts: Sarah Brown Wessling Lesson. Retrieved from Teaching Channel. Awesome!

Analyzing Texts With Storyboard 10th Grade ELA Lesson. Sarah Brown Wessling Lesson from The Learning Channel. Designing Quality Questions For The Classroom: Retrieved from Teaching Channel. Use with 3 Levels of Questions. Encourage Student Participation With The Stand Up Game. Twitter: Great webinar about passion projects. Trying to find a way to incorporate it into curriculum. How To Pair Texts For Opportunities And Challenges For Students: Watch this before you pair texts. Thanks to TTC at. Differentiating Collaboration And Cooperative Learning: Retrieved from The Teaching Channel. Used this with The Scarlet Letter. Desk Arrangement To Increase Collaboration: Retrieved from The Teaching Channel. Short video but important to collaborative learning.

Analyzing And Adapting Texts High School ELA Lesson: Retrieved from The Teaching Channel. Awesome example.