11/1/2013 Note: Below describes the first year I brought blogging to the classroom. Some activities remain; some have since changed: Last week, my students signed up for their blogs! They are excited to write their first post later this week. Here is the deets on this new blogging project we’ve embarked upon ~ WHO: 3… Continue reading Bringing Blogging to the Classrooms
As I embark on a new semester, I’m planning a unit in which my reading students create and utilize their own blogs. I’m hoping this facilitates motivation and fluidity with students’ reading and writing skills. The blogs will provide a place for students to publish their work and feel a sense of an audience other than me. I’m… Continue reading Bringing Blogging to The Classroom #1
Here’s a way to introduce English Literature in the classroom: (adapted from an assignment by the great Jeffrey Leathem, a colleague in my department!!) Anglo-Saxon Boasts We’re going to do a little old-fashioned chest-thumping Anglo-Saxon style. Your boast should include the following elements: A. Self-identification (I am . . .) B. Your immediate ancestry and… Continue reading Toast a Boast!
People love to complain, rant, and rave – my students are no exception. I use this lesson early on in the year to get them warmed up to writing. They rarely experience brain freezes for this one! What Bugs Me . . .* Talking loudly on cell phones at inappropriate times and places Shopping on the… Continue reading What Bugs You?
People usually love to write about themselves. Writing can be therapeutic, it can be a chance to express oneself more openly than one may in person, and it can provide a creative channel to explore. Here’s an assignment my seniors run with time and again: Find the Fib* Below you will find five statements about me. Four… Continue reading Find the Fib