Guess Your Feedback I am currently reading Embedded Formative Assessment by Dylan William (2011). I came across these sentences about providing feedback on students’ writing: … instead of writing comments in the students’ notebooks, [the teacher] did so on strips of paper. Be a better writer in 15 minutes: 4 TED-Ed lessons on grammar and word choice There’s no denying it — the English language can be mighty tricky. When writing a paper, a novel or even an e-mail, you might look at a sentence you just wrote and think, “Is that comma supposed to be there?” or “Is that really the best word to use?” Fear not! TED-Ed has put together a list of four of our favorite grammar and language lessons to get your next piece of writing in tip-top shape. First, let’s look at the often-confusing comma.
Writing about Food and Culture Do you have a teen gourmet or budding chef in the house? Have any of your kids traveled overseas? These writing activities invite them to explore recipes, describe travel experiences with food, or write a restaurant review. One World: Connecting Communities, Cultures, and Classrooms In the 'Think It Through' classroom game, students role-play real-life scenarios as they learn that all the choices that one makes have consequences and that those consequences affect others. TIME REQUIRED Five-to-ten 20-minute class segments (number of minutes may vary) Game Poster (PDF)Ten Role-Play Scenario Cards: #1 (PDF) #2 (PDF) #3 (PDF) #4 (PDF) #5 (PDF) #6 (PDF) #7 (PDF) #8 (PDF) #9 (PDF) #10 (PDF)Five markers (A, B, C, D, E), one for each group/team of students (PDF)Optional Bonus CardsOther: Class reward or treat (to be determined by teacher) for successful class completion of the game GAME OBJECTIVES The goal is to have each of five teams have their marker be placed upon the game poster by the teacher, signifying that each team has successfully completed a role-play scenario. PREPARATION FOR THE GAME: 1). Separate class into five groups/teams of up to six members each.
How to Write a Short Story (with Sample Stories) Edit Article Three Parts:Sample Short StoriesWriting a Short StoryEditing a Short StoryCommunity Q&A For many writers, the short story is the perfect medium. Put yourself in the picture This is a speaking task that encourages students to empathise with other people and try to understand them better. The activity uses a number of visuals of migrants and the students have to imagine they are the person in the picture. The activity is based on themes from the British Council OPENCities project www.opencities.eu PreparationDownload the worksheet with the images of the people and make enough copies so that each students can have one image. Images worksheet (pdf 313k) Procedure
Australian comedian perfectly sums up why other countries think US gun laws are crazy At least 14 people were killed and 18 others injured when two shooters opened fire on at the Inland Regional Center, a social services provider for people with disabilities, in San Bernardino Wednesday, December 2. The shooters have been identified as Syed Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, who were in a relationship with each other. Motives are still unclear. Teaching Opinion, Informative & Narrative Writing Types Free Posters and Infographic: Teaching the Three Types of Writing The Common Core State Standards require that students know three main types of writing: opinion/argumentative, informative/explanatory and narrative. What are these types of writing and how can you explain them to students? Our classroom posters help you break it down by comparing the three types to the work of reporters, storytellers and debaters. Share them with your students today. Then check out our infographic for teachers that explores the similarities and differences between opinion/argumentative, informative/explanatory and narrative types of writing, as well as concrete ways teachers can introduce them in the classroom.
Creative Writing Prompts I found this website quite by chance. It’s one of these sites that you definitely want to bookmark as it comes in very handy when you want to do some writing practice, need to come up with a good story starter or some prompts for a five-minute writing activity and your inspiration has run dry. Don’t worry! It happens in the best families!
24 Best Poems to Teach in Middle and High School It can be hard to know which poems will spur your middle and high schoolers into deep, meaningful discussion and which will leave them, ahem, yawning. So we asked experienced teachers to share their favorites—the punch-in-the-gut poems that always get a reaction, even from teens. Here's what they had to say. 41 unique ways to practice listening to English Our PhraseMix Premium service gives you a super-easy way to improve your English by listening to key example sentences. But there are lots of other ways to practice listening to English, if you're willing to put in the time and effort. We've pulled together a big list of 41 interesting ways that you can improve your listening skill. Tweet This Idea!
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Excellent Story Writing Apps for Students July 31, 2015 Below is a short collection of some interesting iPad apps students can use to help them with their writing and more specifically, outlining, drafting and writing stories. Some of these apps are featured here for the first time but for more options on digital storytelling apps check out this page. 1- The Brainstormer
WebEnglish.se Every spring the Swedish schools must arrange National Tests in English for all 9th graders to attend. An essential part of this test is speaking English. The students need to be able to tell something about themselves, their experiences and/or their thoughts, and also to discuss given topics with a few classmates. WebEnglish.se presents materials that are suitable for practising for this aural test.Link: WebEnglish.se/Intermediate – Speaking 7-9.