14 Song-Based Lesson Plans and Activities Although I know I like using music in my teaching, I never thought there would be so much of it on this blog when I started it over a year ago. Songs are fun, authentic sources with multiple possibilities in the classroom, but the main reason for having published 14 lesson plans and activities based on songs here is to a large extent due to copyright issues: while lyrics and songs are easily available for everyone online, access to other types of authentic texts is more limited because of copyright constraints. I also think the key to a successful song-based lesson is to deal with the text as you would with any other type of short text, whether written or oral, to practise a variety of comprehension skills, work on specific grammar and vocabulary, or introduce a topic for discussion. Choosing a song that meets the students’ needs is not always easy, though. Listening for specific information
Active Listening: Using Times Videos, Podcasts and Articles to Practice a Key Skill Listening is a skill that we’re in danger of losing in a world of digital distraction and information overload, writes Seth S. Horowitz in “The Science and Art of Listening.” He continues: And yet we dare not lose it.
Deborah B. Ford, Director of Library Outreach @ JLG's LiveBinders Shelf Author of binders: Deborah B. Ford, Director of Library Outreach @ JLG Email this Shelf Post to Twitter or Facebook Embed this Shelf The Golden Gate Bridge Over 1200 meters long, the Golden Gate Bridge crosses the waters of the Golden Gate Strait, between San Francisco and Marin County. It is much more than just a way to get across the water, however. The architecture, size, and history of the bridge make it one of the most famous landmarks in the world. 10 million people visit the bridge every year and a famous travel guide book claims that it is the most photographed bridge in the world. An engineering student first proposed the bridge in 1916. Another engineer named Joseph Strauss came up with a potential design for the bridge, which he believed would cost $17 million. The bridge proposal was controversial.
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40 Intriguing Photos to Make Students Think Update, Oct. 4, 2020: We have published a sequel to this post with 40 more intriguing photographs. After combing through four years of images from our popular What’s Going On in This Picture? feature, we selected 40 photographs to highlight in this slide show. Many of these are our most commented-on images — some attracting nearly a thousand student comments. Others are simply our favorites. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) About the Teens' Top Ten I TTT Nominees I Previous Winners I Promoting the TTT I About YA Galley YALSA has launched the Teen Book Finder Database, which is a one-stop shop for finding selected lists and award winners. Users can search this free resource by award, list name, year, author, genre and more, as well as print customizable lists. This new resource will replace the individual award and list web pages currently on YALSA’s site that are not searchable and that are organized only by year. About the Teens' Top Ten #yalsaTTT The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!