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Developing Academic Thinking Skills in Grades 6-12: A Handbook of Multiple Intelligence Activities

Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library

Developing Academic Thinking Skills in Grades 6-12: A Handbook of Multiple Intelligence Activities

These skill-based activities will help students develop the academic thinking skills and language to understand challenging content concepts.

 

Multiple Texts: Multiple Opportunities for Teaching and Learning

Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library

Multiple Texts: Multiple Opportunities for Teaching and Learning

Using texts that first meet the reading "levels" of middle school students, then offering increasingly challenging books, teachers can group students at all levels using multiple texts. Strategy logs and conferences are two of the successful tools teachers use to increase comprehension as well as critical reading skills.

 

Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts

Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library

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.

 

Peek, Peak, Pique: Using Homophones to Teach Vocabulary (and Spelling!)

Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library

Peek, Peak, Pique: Using Homophones to Teach Vocabulary (and Spelling!)

Argues that regular homophone practice enhances vocabulary knowledge, spelling skills, pronunciation ability, and overall reading proficiency. Describes how card games played with decks of homophones helped to accomplish these things. Notes particular benefits of homophone games to ESL students, and outlines key advantages of using the games.

 

360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing

Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library

360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing

Through Eileen Murphy Buckley's 360-degree approach to teaching critical literacy, students investigate texts through a full spectrum of learning modalities, harnessing the excitement of performance, imitation, creative writing, and argument/debate activities to become more powerful thinkers, readers, and writers.