Explicit cookie consent. IN 1988 in Monroeville, Alabama, Ronda Morrison, the 18-year-old daughter of a respected local family, was found murdered in the town’s dry cleaning store.
When the sheriff’s office failed to make an arrest after months of investigation, the community grew angry and started accusing the police of incompetence. Spurred by criticism, officials indicted Walter McMillian, a local black man whose affair with a white woman had become the subject of heated town discussion. In the absence of evidence, the State coerced witnesses into testifying against him. Their statements didn’t hold with the facts of the case, but that didn’t matter much. Neither did the testimony of three black witnesses who confirmed that Mr McMillian had been at a church fish fry at the time of the murder. Monroeville is best known as the hometown of Harper Lee and the setting of her 1960 novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Catcher. 6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject. As avid lovers of literature, teachers often find themselves wanting to impart every bit of knowledge about a well-loved text to their students.
And this is not just an ELA issue—other disciplines also often focus on the content of a text. However, teaching reading skills in English classes and across the disciplines is an almost guaranteed way to help students retain content. Unfortunately, the tendency to focus on the content is a real enemy to the ultimate goal of building reading skills. Without a repertoire of reading strategies that can be applied to any text, students are being shortchanged in their education. Classroom Book Clubs: Literature Circles Made Easy. Imagine your students clustered into small groups around your room, excitedly discussing the books they're reading.
Using Playlists to Differentiate Instruction. Listen to my interview with Tracy Enos or read the transcript here.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 44:52 — 62.0MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | In our never-ending quest to find better ways to differentiate and personalize instruction for students, we have plenty of options. I covered a lot of the basics in my Differentiation Starter Kit. Then last year we learned how math teacher Natalie McCutchen manages a self-paced classroom. Now, Rhode Island teacher Tracy Enos shares her system for customizing instruction to meet the needs of every student. First, consider what we usually do: When planning a typical unit of instruction, teachers map out a series of lessons to deliver, assignments for students to complete, and some kind of final assessment at the end. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Quizzes. Introduction Evaluating cooperative learning activities may seem like a Herculean task.
But, actually it's not. Like any other assessment, you must determine in advance what you would like to assess and to what degree. Do you want to evaluate individual success, group success or perhaps, cooperative skills? Actually, I think you may find that it's useful to evaluate all three. I'm relatively sure what you may be thinking here. We teachers already have full plates--with all of the paperwork, lesson planning, endless paper grading, and the myriad of other things that are demanded of us, we just don't need something else to do.
However, as you know from your own experiences, kids EXPECT to be evaluated. Pity the poor teacher who would respond to that question with, "No, but this will make great practice. " The kids, of course, would immediately shut down. The world's best literature guides, created by the original editors of SparkNotes. Storytelling for the YouTube generation. Mr. Moshé's Critically Thinking . . . Are You? - Literature Circle Resources. Literature Circles Word Document - This document is somewhat different than the text on this page.
Below, you will find a list of suggestions, links, and tools to help you and your group work as a tight literature discussion group. I do not run literature circles in the traditional manner, so some of the things you read below may not be in line with other resources you may find elsewhere. FOR THE GROUP: Before you begin each round you should all be thinking: What are some things in this selection that I could key on to add to a cool conversation with my group?
FOR THE INDIVIDUAL: Before you begin each round you should be thinking: What culminating tasks am I responsible to complete AND/OR have I picked? Get help and resources for your various jobs through the links you find below. The Literature Circle CYCLES in my room run as follows: Literature_Circles.pdf. Easyprep.pdf. Venn Diagram. Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Varying Views of America Students work together to analyze three poems about America with varying points of view.
Magazine Redux: An Exercise in Critical Literacy Paper and pixels get compared in this lesson in which students compare both printed and online versions of a magazine. Exploring Cross-Age Tutoring Activities With Lewis and Clark Interaction and adventure draws high school and elementary school students together as they analyze stories about the Lewis and Clark expedition. Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson. Chardev.pdf. Qcards.pdf. Responseq.pdf.