World Book Day takes place this week, on Thursday 1st March 2012. Here are 10 great resources / sites that can help you if you’re planning to run lots of great book-themed activities in your classroom: 1) World Book Day – The official site is bursting with resources , videos and events that you can get involved in.
Summary : Few sources available today offer writing teachers such succinct, practice-based help—which is one reason why 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing was the winner of the Association of Education Publishers 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award for Instructional Materials. The National Writing Project's 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing offers successful strategies contributed by experienced Writing Project teachers. Since NWP does not promote a single approach to teaching writing, readers will benefit from a variety of eclectic, classroom-tested techniques. These ideas originated as full-length articles in NWP publications (a link to the full article accompanies each idea below). Table of Contents: 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing 1.
Don’t Call Me Ishmael by Michael Gerard Bauer. Templar . Age 11+ Hounded by the school bully and struck dumb in the presence of girls, the year doesn’t get off to a good start for Ishmael when he is asked to take misfit James Scobie under his wing. However, life takes some unexpected turns for Ishmael and his friends as they embark on the most embarrassingly awful…and best year of their lives. This is an incredibly well structured and intelligent book by the author of The Running Man.
BoomWriter is now in close to 2,000 schools spread throughout 20 different countries, and the list continues to grow! BoomWriter caters to a broad range of learners in terms of age, background, socioeconomic status, learning style, and skill levels, and it addresses an equally broad range of skills. No matter what grade level you teach, and regardless of whether you are a classroom teacher with 30 students, a challenge coach with 100 students, or a special education teacher with 10 students, most teachers can easily identify a way for BoomWriter to be a highly beneficial part of their curriculum. Some teachers create lessons and use it during class, while others offer it as an extra credit club, or at-home assignment.
Different types of words can be used to make your writing more interesting and easier to read. You need to know when to use them and how to spot them. In writing, words are grouped together into phrases, sentences, clauses and paragraphs. Linking these building blocks together in the right way makes your writing easy to understand and interesting to read. Use your commenting skills to identify what's wrong with these pieces of writing.
For many Scottish schools in January there is often an emphasis in the classroom on work on the life and literature of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns. The following resources provide ideas for how ICT tools can be used to provide different ways of helping to engage pupils with the study of the life and literature of Robert Burns or other Scottish literary figures. So whether it’s around the time of 25th January (the birthday of Robert Burns celebrated by Scots the world over), or notable dates in the Scottish calendar such as St Andrew’s Day (30th November) or Tartan Day in North America (6th April), the following resources may provide some ideas for using ICT tools to help provide alternative ways in engaging pupils in the sudy of Scottish literature.