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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.

 

Student Interactives

 

Timeline

Timeline

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

 

 

Writing Free Verse in the "Voice" of Cesar Chavez

Poetry and politics combine in this lesson where students write a free verse poem in the voice of Cesar Chavez.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Found Poems/Parallel Poems

Students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning, 4th edition

Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning, 4th edition

This popular collection provides literacy skill-building strategies for helping students learn in all curricular areas.

 

Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts

Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts

Describes how an English teacher uses ghost stories in his classroom to further students' interest in and understanding of epics. Presents a short unit in which all the class work focuses on scary kinds of things.

 

 

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McCale Ashenbrener

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McCale Ashenbrener | Secondary Spanish and Language Arts Teacher | Boise, ID

I teach in a small rural district where every day I get to prepare six classes, Junior and Freshman English and Spanish 1, 2, 3 and Elementary Spanish