Thursday, October 13, 2016

5 Minute Mini Lessons

This site has great warm-up or sponge activities.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fat Girls Rock: Free High Interest Short Story with Vocabulary and Questions

Fat Girls Rock

Free for a limited time!

Isabel decides to audition for the Dancing Dolphins, and Eric professes his love.  This story includes the following:
  • Vocab wordlist
  • Vocab Quiz
  • Discussion Prompt
  • Reading Comprehension Questions
  • Critical Thinking Questions
  • Creating Writing Prompt

Friday, April 15, 2016

Free: Thomas Jefferson 1-2-3

Free for a limited amount of time!

1-2-3 is an easy way to remember three of the most important offices that Thomas Jefferson held. This worksheet also includes reading comprehension questions.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

The Argument for Low-Readability Fiction in High School

I know, I know as teachers we are to push our students to stretch their minds and do things they never thought possible.  But sometimes, we just need to chill.  Sometimes Shakespeare and Dickens don't cut it.

Sometimes students need something that they can read easily and quickly.  Consider using low readability literature when:

1. Your main goal is to teach a literary concept or critical analysis.  Using high-interest low readability literature is a great way to get students to discuss and analyze literature in a nonthreatening environment.  You may be surprised to find that some of your below-grade-level readers actually have exceptional high-order thinking and analytical skills.

2. The majority of your students are at or below grade-level.  There are some students who got through the entire school day without being successful at anything.  When these students are presented with a text that they can read without struggle, they are more likely to see reading as an enjoyable experience.

In conclusion, I am not saying to ditch Shakespeare and Dickens because they are actually pretty good dudes.  All I am saying is give low-readability literature a chance.

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