Birth of a Musical - West Side Story: Birth of a Classic | Exhibitions. The Broadway musical is a commercial art form that often aspires to, and occasionally attains, high art. It is also a collaborative medium, in which the librettist, composer, lyricist, director, and choreographer determine together the details of plot and action, the style and tone of the production, and how music, movement, and language will be used to best convey the story they wish to tell. The collaboration also involves dozens of people who play key roles, including the designers of the set, lighting, and costumes, the orchestrators and musicians, and ultimately the performers who must embody not only the characters they play, but also must be able to sing and dance—in the case of West Side Story—this most demanding music and choreography. The items on display in this section come from the Library’s Leonard Bernstein Collection and provide a rare window into this complex process. Bernstein's Annotated copy of Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare.
Early Scene breakdown Romeo Synopsis. Equal Access: Universal Design of Instruction. You Gotta Get Your Goggles On: Know The Lens You Want To Look Through. By Alan Sitomer, 2007 California Teacher of the Year As an ELA teacher, it’s too easy to lose the forest for the trees when teaching complex text. After all, by definition, complex text is, well… complex. That means it’s rich with all sorts of opportunities to do all sorts of wonderful academic things. For example, take a look at this piece of text from Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. New York: Ballantine, 1989. My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America.
“Of course you can be prodigy, too,” my mother told me when I was nine. America was where all my mother’s hopes lay. Though the piece provided is not “long” by any stretch of the imagination, there are a heck of a lot of standards-based ways a teacher could use the text for purposes of instruction. We could examine the dialogue. We could examine point of view in the text. Good stuff, right? Then again, this passage is a model of proper subject verb agreement. I’ve been there.
5 Minute Marking Plan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner. Marking is an occupational hazard for all teachers. Whilst the “5 Minute Marking Plan” can’t do your marking for you (sadly) it will help you focus on the job in hand and help ensure you maximise your students’ learning and your own. This planner adds to a growing number of 5 Minute Plans produced by @TeacherToolkit including the “5 Minute Lesson Plan” and the “5 Minute Assembly Plan” which are available on @TeacherToolkit’s website.
The thinking that underpins the plan seeks to highlight those elements of marking that have greatest impact on learning, namely: Sharing the key marking points (you may refer to these as success criteria). A student is much more likely to be successful if s/he knows where they are going. The time spent on marking students’ work must also help you identify common errors, so you can: The “5 Minute Marking Plan” and an explanation of how to use it is available to download below: Five Minute Marking Plan – version 3.1 Context – (What each area means?)
Total Pages Answer Key Rubric only Teaching Duration Report Copyright Infringement Average Ratings Accuracy: Answer Frames | EveryLanguageLearner.com. Answer Frames How do I do it? When asking and answering questions about literature, language learners may need support to cite the specific evidence that supports conclusions or inferences. After reading a text the laminated frames can be used as a whole class model and a volunteer can fill in the blanks with dry erase marker or individual students can use the frames when working in a small group or in pairs. They are a good tool to scaffold speaking and writing in literature discussions. The larger text size can make it easier for language learners to utilize the tool. Variations & ExtensionsStudents can create their own answer and question frames for one another.
Common Core ELA Reading Standard 1Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. Reference for example in photo: Seidler, T. (1986). Related Products Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen. Secondary Solutions » Blog Archive » How to use Socratic Seminar:
As English teachers, we are always looking for different strategies to engage our students in the core literature that we’re teaching. Today’s strategy spotlight is on the Socratic seminar. I’ve used Socratic seminar with low and high level classes with tremendous success and it is always one of the high points on my annual student evaluation forms. It’s a great tool to have in your toolbox along with the other amazing resources and assessments from Secondary Solutions.
Be sure to check back all summer for more strategies and freebies from Secondary Solutions! Reasons to use Socratic Seminar: Step by Step How to Facilitate a Socratic Seminar: Step 1: Assign students to read and annotate a particular text or section of text. Sample Classroom Set-up (Click for larger image) Socratic Seminar Example with Lord of the Flies: Recently, I read Lord of the Flies with my college prep sophomore class. As a facilitator, I took notes on the questions posed and used them to guide later instruction. LA0911Childrens. Socratic Seminar links Cybraryman. EVIDENCE: FREEBIE! Showing Evidence ... | Reading Skills. Google. Drb_closerdglevels.jpg 3,901×2,948 pixels. Vocabulary building. Wpa-outcomes-statement. I Can Common Core Standards for K – 6. Top Ten Picture Books to Encourage Inquiry by Dawn Little. I’ve been thinking a lot about inquiry lately. What is it? Ways to create a classroom where inquiry is a common occurrence.
Asking questions leads to asking more questions, and eventually to discovery and understanding. This year, I worked with third graders on developing inquiry skills. As with most everything I teach, I typically turn to picture books to help me. So when it came time to developing units of inquiry, I brainstormed a list of picture books that might be most useful in naturally leading students to ask questions related to the topic. 1. Bryan Collier brought Langston Hughes poem to life in this beautifully illustrated picture book. 2. One of my all-time favorite picture books, Henry’s Freedom Box leads to questions about the lengths slaves went to secure their freedom. 3. A semi-true story about slaves who escape the south for a new home in Canada, but end up settling in Michigan. 4. 5. 6. I was not aware of the Green Book. 7. 8. 9. 10. Like this: Like Loading...
How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading. Students cringe when teachers mention annotation because they know it’s time-consuming, detail-oriented, and just plain boring. At least that’s their initial impression. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this reaction at the beginning of many school years, when introducing and requiring annotations on student reading assignments. And I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing those same students automatically and joyfully annotate by the end of the school year. So what makes the difference for these students? How do they transform from readers who hesitate to annotate to readers who rely on it? Several factors stand out as the critical pieces for getting students to properly understand and implement annotation as a consistent tool in their reading. When starting annotations with students, here is what every teacher should make sure their students understand: Earth Day is April 22.
Here is some encouragement for stressed-out teachers. Annotations are a record of your thinking. Combined Passage Selection Guidelines and Worksheets_0. Thoughtful Threads: Sparking Rich Online Discussions. ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you.
More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Your students can save their work with Student Interactives. More Home › Classroom Resources › Lesson Plans Lesson Plan Overview Featured Resources From Theory to Practice Online literature circles provide students opportunities to discuss a literary work in a forum in which each student has a voice and the chance to share ideas without being interrupted by others. Back to top Reading Schedule for Online Literature Circles: Students can use this reading schedule to help guide their reading for their online literature circles.
Larson, L. (2009). Slightly More Than 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism. My personal picks for must-read nonfiction from 2013. Wiertz Sebastien/Flickr Each year, I keep a running list of exceptional nonfiction for The Best of Journalism, a weekly email newsletter I publish. The result is my annual Best Of Journalism Awards. I couldn't read every worthy piece published last year and haven't included any paywalled articles or many of the numerous pieces from The Atlantic that I enjoyed*. But everything that follows is worthy of wider attention. The Art of the Personal Essay ORANGE COAST / Center of the Universe by Jay Roberts "Normally, I wouldn’t have gone to a motel room with a stranger, but I never gave it a thought. "People were alarmed when I told them where I was going, but I was pleased with myself. "While I certainly worried about what I had seen, I could not find it in myself to feel that level of indignation.
"I was bereft, in agony, destroyed over her death. "It wasn’t my parents’ music. THE AMERICAN SCHOLAR / One Road by Donald Hall Man vs. The Reading Workshop. Willingham. Creating Cross-Curricular Text Sets for the Middle Grades. By Amanda Wall A text set is a group of texts that share a common theme. Text sets are frequently found in elementary school classrooms, and they can also be a great resource in the middle grades, across the content areas. In my own middle school classroom, I found that text sets encouraged students to explore different aspects of a topic using resources that differed in genre, format and complexity. As a teacher educator, I now work with middle grades preservice teachers in my Literature and Writing course to design text sets for their future classrooms.
These university students plan to teach a variety of content areas, so our outlook is not limited to English Language Arts. Organizing a Text Set The first step was to understand the goal behind a text set—to assemble a set of texts to explore a common theme. Designing a Text Set To design the text set, each person thought about a theme in the anchor text to explore. Resources for Texts Three Example Text Sets (including one for Math!) How I Learned about Vocab Instruction. When we were in our senior year of college and not yet married, I recall my husband asking one of our major English professors what he should do to improve his vocabulary in preparation for taking the GRE. This professor did not suggest a weekly vocabulary quiz or vocabulary flashcards.
No, this professor suggested my husband read even more and read widely. So, he did. He began reading both nonfiction and fiction with more fervor. We married immediately after college graduation and promptly ordered subscriptions to The New Yorker and The Atlantic and took turns reading each issue. Any time I read an article after my husband, I noticed his markings in the text as he carefully read and studied language in preparation for the GRE and graduate course work that would follow. Much of what we learned from our professors, I took with me to the secondary classroom. Below are a few of the vocabulary resources I recommend for shaking up the weekly vocab test approach.
How do you teach vocabulary? Articles of the Week 2013-14. Close Reading Sites to Meet CCSS. Looking for some quality online close reading choices for your students? These sites all address Common Core standards, provide exposure to non-fiction, have embedded reading comprehension questions, and access to a teacher dashboard for easy management. I have spoke to teachers who have use at least one of these sites, and give each high marks. Newsela - This site is completely non-fiction, using the most current news articles as the reading. Newsela is unique in that it scaffolds each article to five different lexile levels.
Curriculet - Rent books for your students to read. ThinkCERCA - Provides leveled information texts connected by grade and themes. Youngzine - Another opportunity for students to read about about global issues. Use these site to support your reading program and help you meet your CCSS. 8995. Read A Picture…Book | Bold New Titles for Bolstering Visual Literacy and Discussing Design. Standouts for their elegant and inventive book designs, these newly published picture books make clever use of visual presentation to convey information and story essentials, establish ambiance and tone, and challenge readers’ imaginations. Packed with child appeal, the tantalizingly creative titles will fortify reading skills and engender enthusiasm for literature. They also enrich visual literacy by encouraging children to interpret symbols and pictures, explore the interaction between words and images, and analyze pictorial content to determine meaning and significance.
Perhaps best of all, these volumes inspire youngsters to think outside of the box…and the boundaries of a book’s traditional format. Journey Far In A Long Way Away (Little, Brown, 2013; PreS-Gr 4), Frank Viva brilliantly utilizes book design to delineate a dazzling there-and-back-again adventure and express the wonder intrinsic to a journey of discovery. Rosenthal provides more witty wordplay in I Scream, Ice Cream! Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds. Are your lectures droning on? Change it up every 10 minutes with more active teaching techniques and more students will succeed, researchers say.
A new study finds that undergraduate students in classes with traditional stand-and-deliver lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than students in classes that use more stimulating, so-called active learning methods. “Universities were founded in Western Europe in 1050 and lecturing has been the predominant form of teaching ever since,” says biologist Scott Freeman of the University of Washington, Seattle. But many scholars have challenged the “sage on a stage” approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses, arguing that engaging students with questions or group activities is more effective. To weigh the evidence, Freeman and a group of colleagues analyzed 225 studies of undergraduate STEM teaching methods.
Freeman says he’s started using such techniques even in large classes. On argument, open-mindedness, the Common Core, and educational discourse in the blogging era. !Introduction-to-Vocabulary-Collecting. Expecting Excellence:Rigor Redefined. 854890. Read A Picture…Book | Bold New Titles for Bolstering Visual Literacy and Discussing Design. ANNOTEXTING. The Research Paper: Engaging Students in Academic Writing. Express 9.14 - Teaching Elementary Students About Revision.
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Content Area Unit Examples plus Ubd. Research CC. Scaffolding Academic Writing to Meet CCSS. Scaffolding Academic Writing to Meet CCSS. Scaffolding Academic Writing to Meet CCSS. Creating Cross-Curricular Text Sets for the Middle Grades.