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Slipping, Sliding, Tumbling: Reinforcing Cause and Effect Through Diamante Poems

Writing, revising, and publishing are just a few of the tasks students will complete in order to take their cause-and-effect diamante poems from an idea to a reality.

 

Student Interactives

 

Alphabet Organizer

Alphabet Organizer

Students use this online tool to create an alphabet chart or pages for an alphabet book.

 

 

Playlist for Holden: Character Analysis With Music and Lyrics

Students compile a playlist of 10 songs representing a literary character and explain their choices based on the book's dialogue, plot, conflict, and resolution.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 
 

 

Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology

Students read a poem by a Native American, explore Native American culture and then create a Website that explains words and phrases from the poem.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 
 

 

What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles

Students explore figurative language in poetry by reading and writing riddle poems.

 

 

Essay Map

Essay Map

The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Overlapping Vocabulary and Comprehension: Context Clues Complement Semantic Gradients

Overlapping Vocabulary and Comprehension: Context Clues Complement Semantic Gradients

This teaching technique combines two strategies, context clues and semantic gradients, to help students make vocabulary-to-comprehension connections.

 

Reading for Learning: Using Discipline-Based Texts to Build Content Knowledge

Reading for Learning: Using Discipline-Based Texts to Build Content Knowledge

Heather Lattimer provides practical, classroom-tested approaches to helping students access and critically respond to content-based texts.

 

 

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Jennifer Smith

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Jennifer Smith | 8th grade science, grammar, literature teacher | Monticello, IL

Last year I had the opportunity to coteach an eighth-grade language arts/literature class with a special education teacher in my building