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Top 10 Picture Books for the Secondary Classroom

Top 10 Picture Books for the Secondary Classroom
As a teacher of future English teachers, I am always trying to open my students’ eyes to the wonder and power of the picture book, both as an art form and as a terrific instructional tool for the secondary classroom. Being students of capital-L literature, my teacher-babies sometimes forget to consider these compact and powerful texts. It’s the best way I know to get numerous, diverse and COMPLETE texts into students’ minds. It’s hard enough to squeeze out the time in the overcrowded middle and high school English curriculum to read young adult and classic novels, but with picture books, you can read the entire work aloud, model the focus you want students to concentrate on, let them explore the craft, have the discussion, and even try it out in their own writing–all in one period! So here, in no particular order: my top ten. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Nerdy friends, you are never too old for picture books–I feel like you know that!

Gatsby and Show Me App Introducing Markup a paperless grading app Login · Signup 'The Great Gatsby' 7: Gatsby & Daisy meet again by SCC English, The English Department of St... Share Like Topics Literature English The Great Gatsby 83 people liked this ShowMe Posted 2 years ago Viewed after searching for: © 2013 ShowMe. Emerging America · The Common Core Can Boost History Education Last summer, a distressed teacher friend shared an all too common story. Throughout the school year, she had sparked students’ skills and passions with a cross-curricular exploration of slavery. It was heady, demanding, and bang-on target for both state content standards and her 4th graders’ interests in fairness, difference, and understanding where we come from. At year’s end, her principal congratulated her overall success in boosting academic skills. Yet he added, “I’m concerned about the time you spent on social studies. It distracts from the focus on literacy.” No longer. The release of the Common Core State Standards in 2010 requires that states and school districts reverse the slide. What are the Common Core State Standards? What these standards are not, is the project of any one person or agency. Nor is the Common Core a national curriculum. What the Common Core standards DO require is that ALL teachers take literacy seriously. Supporting Implementation of the Common Core

1. Writers use narrative, informative, and opinion modes of writing across genres. « TWO WRITING TEACHERS A slide from my key note, “Mandates, Standards, and Evaluations: Can Teachers Still Change the World? (All Write Summer Institute, Warsaw, IN June 2012) Along with this slide, I said these words in the section of my key note called, “Using narrative, informative, and persuasion to tell your Story.” One of the things unsettling to me is the segregation of the text types. This weekend Sam and I had a conversation that reminded me of this. He thought and said, “Probably that they are a good animal and interesting.” “What makes you say that?” A little more thinking, and then, “Well, all the pictures show cool stuff about them. “He’s right, Mom. We pulled in the garage and the day went on. Stephanie brought SHARK-A-PHOBIA by Grace Norwich (Scholastic, 2011) to the couch. We all paused and looked at the cover. All three modes of writing — narrative, opinion, and informative — influence everything we write. This is a truth about writing. How about you? Like this: Like Loading...

Best Practices For Writing For Online Readers I have less than 30 seconds to capture your attention with this post, so here goes: if you read some, most or all of the next 750 words or so, you will know how to write Web copy that is more useful to readers of your blog or Web site. As we reported yesterday visual content is continuing its steady rise in dominance over written content. But that doesn't mean we should give up on good writing: if anything, it means we need to think harder about how we write for online readers. Online Readers Are Different Seems pretty obvious, right? But the fact is, many of us still write the same way online as we do for books, magazine articles and other long-form and traditional print mediums. With offline readers, we can take our time and develop points with long blocks of text and narrative, and with fewer visual elements. In Plain English, Please Your writing - offline or online - is effective when readers take away your message. Best Practices Write compelling but clear headlines: Don't get cute.

Argument, Persasive writing ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, 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 In this lesson plan, students analyze World War II posters, chosen from online collections, to explore how argument, persuasion and propaganda differ. back to top Argument, Persuasion, or Propaganda? Visual texts are the focus of this lesson, which combines more traditional document analysis questions with an exploration of World War II posters. Further Reading National Council of Teachers of English. 1975.

1. Nonfiction Narrative and the Yellow Test Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing. I went to see Carrie a week after her accident. Her shoulder had been broken, the bone shattered, and 24 stitches were needed to sew the cuts on her face. The accident occurred on a weeklong 325-mile bike ride. Suddenly her wheels lost traction on the wet, slippery surface, and she felt the bike slip out from under her as she flew off the seat. Milan Bozic They left their bikes in the rain and trudged a mile to the Paw Paw Tunnel, a more than 3,000-foot-long passageway built to bypass several horseshoe bends in the Potomac River. “That’s the plot of scene 2,” I told her. Carrie is a professor at a university. There’s been a lot of research published about the effectiveness of stories. I told Carrie about the exercise I assign my students: “The Yellow Test.” There are different approaches to writing in scenes. The trees were tall, but I was taller, standing above them on a steep mountain slope in northern California.

Tasks, Units & Student Work - Common Core Library Keywords (optional) Enter keywords (e.g., K.OA.3, informational text, arguments, quadratic equations, etc.) Grade (select at least one) Subject (select one) NYC educators and national experts are developing Common Core-aligned tasks embedded in a unit of study to support schools in implementing the Citywide Instructional Expectations. Educators may choose to adopt these resources in their entirety or adapt the materials to best address students’ diverse needs. Search a growing assortment of Common Core-aligned tasks, units and student work by keyword, grade level, subject area and Common Core Learning Standard. The components of the Common Core-aligned tasks with instructional supports include: Unit overview and task description Teacher-annotated student work representing a range of performance levels Rubrics used to assess student work Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles Other instructional support materials NEW!

A 13-Year-Old's Slavery Analogy Raises Some Uncomfortable Truths in School - Education In a bold comparative analysis of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Jada Williams, a 13-year old eighth grader at School #3 in Rochester, New York, asserted that in her experience, today's education system is a modern-day version of slavery. According to the Fredrick Douglass Foundation of New York, the schools' teachers and administrators were so offended by Williams' essay that they began a campaign of harassment—kicking her out of class and trying to suspend her—that ultimately forced her parents to withdraw her from the school. In her essay, which was written for a contest, Williams reflected on what Douglass heard his slave master, Mr. Auld, telling his wife after catching her teaching Douglass how to read. "If you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there will be no keeping him," Auld says. "It will forever unfit him to be a slave. As the parent of two black boys I know firsthand that white teachers can excel at teaching black children.

Sentence Fluency | WriteToLearn 10 Ideas for Classroom Video Projects “… ten years ago, not one student in a hundred, nay, one in a thousand, could have produced videos like this. It’s a whole new skill, a vital and important skill, and one utterly necessary not simply from the perspective of creating but also of comprehending video communication today.” (Stephen Downes) If you follow my Twitter-stream, you know that I spend a lot of time viewing, collecting & sharing videos. 1) Conversation with Future Me/You: “A Conversation with My 12 Year Old Self: 20th Anniversary Edition” is a recently popular video by Jeremiah McDonald. While presenting with my brother George (he’s likely blogged about this somewhere) in Australia this past Summer, I remember him discussing how this activity would be an excellent beginning/end of year exercise that students of all ages could enjoy and learn from. Another angle for this activity could be to create a video or a dialogue with a literary, historical or popular media character. 2) Genre Shifting Movie Trailers:

Kate Hart: Citing Sources: A Quick and Graphic Guide Academia has lots and lots and lots of systems in place for assuring that credit is always given where credit is due. If you're writing a paper, there are particular ways to cite internet sources-- even tweets and Facebook posts. But what about on the internet? We know we're supposed to cite sources, but a standardized system hasn't developed, and in the meantime, you could face a lawsuit if you steal someone else's work, even by accident. Does that mean you can't ever elaborate on someone else's ideas or repeat a little of what someone else said? *click to expand As always, a couple of notes: - Because of space/design limitations, I didn't include an important guideline: Never repost someone's article in its entirety. - Remember that in addition to credits, citations are there to help others track down information they need. - Media and academic sites have their own in-house rules, and so should you. However. Head over to Stacked for more posts about blogging ethics and best practices!

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