Monday, October 17, 2011

Things to Know Before Reading Gatsby-Screen Capture with audio

I am teaching am The Great Gatsby online to high school students. Can you say CHALLENGE.

One thing that has helped is Screencast-O-Matic. (

Here is the one that I created:

They are really easy to create:
1. Create a PowerPoint, Keynote, Word Document, Excel, etc.
2. Go to
3. Press the blue record button.
4. Drag the box with the dotted lines over your document.
5. Resize the box as necessary.
6. Press record

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Current Events

Click here to download CNN Current Events worksheet.

For this worksheet:
1. Students must choose one article from each category.
2. They must write "who, what, when, where."
3. They must write a summary.
4. From their summary, they must identify parts of speech.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Venn Diagram

Click here for Venn Diagram

This is an oldie but goodie. This Venn Diagram is cool because it has a lot of space in the middle (for discussing how the two concepts are alike.) In the past, I've had problems with there not being enough space in the middle.

Tip: Try the Venn Diagram as an assessment tool. I recently used it as an assessment tool; as part of a Raisin in the Sun quiz, I asked my students to compare and contrast two of the characters. It was less intimidating than an essay question, and I got really good results. Im not throwing out essays; I am just using Venn Diagrams as scaffolding.

Hope it works for you!