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V is for Vocabulary

June 12, 2017

V is for vocabulary. Meaningful vocabulary study facilitates students learning academic language of specific content areas. It is not enough for students to copy definitions of vocabulary words; they must describe the meaning of those words, use those words in context, and draw or use graphics to represent what those words mean. Providing multiple opportunities for students to encounter academic vocabulary increases the likelihood of students owning academic language.

Colorful Word Sort (CWS) gives students an opportunity to categorize and play with academic language. CWS is a great way to introduce students to the academic language of a specific content area at the beginning of a semester or terms essential to understanding the concepts of a unit. It helps teachers gage the background knowledge of their students while students are engaged in a team activity.

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N is for Novel Studies

May 27, 2017

Teaching a novel effectively is challenging, especially if you want your students to engage deeply with the themes the authors are presenting and discover how novels can connect to their lives and perhaps show them how to cope with life’s challenges. And, above that, we want students to experience the pleasures of reading. The units and discussion and activity guides were intentionally designed to do all of the above while allowing for choice for students and teachers.  Another goal was to design the discussion and activity guides for independent study or for small groups, to help differentiate and to meet the needs of students. Here are the five novels that are popular with students and teachers.

Hunger Games: Unit Plan and PowerPoint Fact Game

Catching Fire: Discussion and Activity Guide

The Giver: Discussion and Activity Guide

Son: Unit Plan and Discussion and Activity Guide

The Fault in Our Stars: Discussion and Activity Guide

SALE 20% off May 28-29: Hunger Games: Unit, PowerPoint Fact Game. Catching Fire: Discussion & Activity Guide. The Giver: Discussion & Activity Guide. Son: Unit & Discussion & Activity Guide. The Fault in Our Stars: Discussion & Activity Guide.

 

 

 

 

Banned Book Week – September 22-28, 2013

September 25, 2013

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. Salman Rushdie

If there’s one American belief I hold above all others, it’s that those who would set themselves up in judgment on matters of what is “right” and what is “best” should be given no rest; that they should have to defend their behavior most stringently.
Stephen King

Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I have used language that is painful, I have chosen to use the language that was spoken during the period, for I refuse to whitewash history. The language was painful and life was painful for many African Americans, including my family.  I remember the pain.  Mildred D. Taylor, The Land

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I wonder if those who ban books read those books.  I wonder if those who ban books understand that banning a book just makes it that more desirable.  I wonder why anyone would think they are the ones who should decide what we read and what we should not read.  Sometimes I just wonder.

This week is Banned Book Week.  It’s a great topic to discuss with your students, your colleagues, your friends, and your family of readers.  If you are wondering what to read next, check out the list of banned books for 2013.  Check with your librarian for additional lists of banned books and probably lots of engaging activities that focus on banned books, censorship, and freedom.  Check out the ALA Store for products that call attention to banned books.

Ponder why any book might be censored or banned and to what purpose.

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Resources

American Library Association

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/

American Library Association Store

http://www.alastore.ala.org/SearchResult.aspx?CategoryID=269

Banned Books Online

http://www.digital.library.upenn.edu/books/banned-books.html

Banned Books

http://www.adlerbooks.com/banned.html

Phillips Library-Aurora University

http://libguides.aurora.edu/content.php?pid=63503&sid=2134998

American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression

http://www.abffe.org/?page=BBWPosters

Aha!!!

February 8, 2013

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The best moments in teaching are when students are visibly engaged in an activity and aha moments are filling the air.  Anyone without a trained eye may not see the preparation and work that goes into a learning scene like that.  They may not even see the teacher, who is probably rotating around the room, answering questions, affirming responses, or just enjoying seeing uncapped potential captured, seeing learning unfolding.  My colleagues and I have experienced those moments and attempt to make those moments happen for other teachers and students in the work we do.  Some of that work are the lesson plans we create for teachers.

Here’s an opportunity to try out one of our best products for FREE: The Hunger Games Character Analysis Lesson Plan. It’s the perfect lesson to begin on day two or three of your novel unit, after students have read the first three chapters. This FREE lesson plan introduces the characters and provides an activity for character analysis that can be used throughout the reading of The Hunger Games. Included in this FREE lesson plan are a detailed, easy-to-implement, step-by-step lesson plan, four printable student handouts—character analysis activity sheet for Katniss, Peeta, and a character the student chooses to analyze throughout the novel as well as a Cast of Characters Chart. There are reproducible cards to form groups based on character names. This is one lesson that will quickly engage your students. Check out our store for other great lesson plans and classroom activities.

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Superbowl! Super Sale!!

February 1, 2013

Quote of the Week

I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.

Mark Twain

How do any of us make a decision, big or small, consequential or trivial?  Teachers make hundreds of decisions every day, many of those in split seconds, some of those agonizingly. Often we ask students to either make decisions or think about the decisions they did make and the consequences of those decisions.  And, often students have no clue or idea how to make a decision because they have not been taught a process for decision making in a safe environment where consequences are just on paper.  Our Decision Making Lesson for The Hunger Games provides students with a decision making process that they can practice first with the characters from The Hunger Games and then with their own decisions.  While one lesson may not turn adolescents into decision-making masterminds, it’s what all teachers know, you never know when one lesson profoundly impacts a student’s life. And, teaching a decision making process is good practice for critical thinking!

The key steps in decision making take place constantly in students’ lives, and once we acknowledge that good decision making is an important and learnable skill, many doors open. Students can become more actively engaged in the classroom and can learn to work successfully in groups to address complex problems. Moreover, students can extend their learning beyond the classroom as they apply their decision skills to real-world problems. Without a doubt, decision skills can be introduced successfully in a broad range of classroom settings, a fact which lies at the heart of our hope for students to become active and creative decision makers (Gregory & Clemen, p. 7).

It’s Superbowl weekend and Teachers Pay Teachers is running a sale and so are we on all of our lesson plans for The Hunger Games and Wonder as well as a couple of great Ideas for Managing Instruction.  Enjoy the Superbowl!

References

Gregory, R. S. & Clemen, R. T.) Improving students’ decision making skills.  Durham, SC: Duke University.  Obtained January 28, 2013:  https://faculty.fuqua.duke.edu/~clemen/bio/DMSkills.pdf

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Protecting Children in a Complex Society

January 18, 2013

Quote of the Week:  All children could and should be inventors of their own theories, critics of other people’s ideas, analyzers of evidence, and makers of their own personal marks on this most complex world.         Deborah Meier

For those of you who are familiar with the Hunger Games, you will remember it certainly wasn’t a society that protected its children.  Thinking about our own society, how well do we protect our children—not just physically but their emotional and mental wellbeing?  Today, adults are debating gun control and the Second Amendment, which should be debated.  As those conversations are occurring, adults are not always cognizant that there are children listening and watching.  They’re watching television images of teachers learning how to use guns and how to defend themselves.  They’re watching movies and programs about terrorism, horrific crimes, and violence.  They overhear media, regardless of parental advisories that what follows may not be suitable for children, and it’s out there before it’s possible to click a program off.  There is little to no separation between what is appropriate for children and what is geared for adult listening and watching.  To what extent are we, as a society, willing to protect children from losing their innocence about life sooner than they should?

Perhaps reading and discussing books like The Hunger Games give adults opportunities to prepare children for the darker side of society.  If we’re not willing to redefine individual freedom—where does one’s freedom and rights begin and end, then we need to give children the critical thinking skills they need to navigate the very complex society in which we live.

As we continue to develop lesson plans for The Hunger Games, we are attempting to provide students with opportunities to develop and use critical thinking skills to have those meaningful discussions that just may help them understand the world in which we all live.

The Hunger Games Character Analysis Lesson Plan  is a free download on our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Check it out!

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Tipping the Odds in Your Favor

January 9, 2013

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May the odds be ever in your favor.  Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games

 

Teaching is always challenging and if you can stack the odds in your favor, it’s just that much better for you and your students.  Creating instructional materials that can be easily implemented as well as engaging students; and that result in student learning, take time, effort, and knowledge of resources.  Time is directly related to effort and finding and using resources—the less time a teacher has, the less effort that physically can be put forth, and the fewer resources that can be employed.  So, what’s a busy teacher to do who cares about student learning?  Find a few really good resources that can be relied upon to deliver.  That’s what my colleagues, Linda Carpenter and Dr. Jennifer Fontanini, and I are dedicated to doing.  One of those resources are the materials we have developed around The Hunger Games.

We’ve developed a ready-to-go lesson plan for analyzing the settings in The Hunger Games. Setting Analysis for The Hunger Games takes place at various intervals throughout the novel and identifies the characteristics of each of the major settings in the novel:  District 12, the Capitol, and the Arena.  This lesson introduces a graphic organizer, Setting Analysis Chart, for the first setting of the novel, District 12, and then provides the same graphic organizer for the Capital and the Arena.  Use each graphic organizer, Setting Analysis Chart, as a summary guide for each of the following chapters:

  • Chapters 1-2:               Use Setting Analysis Chart for District 12
  • Chapters 3-10:             Use Setting Analysis Chart for the Capitol
  • Chapters 11-25:           Use Setting Analysis Chart for the Arena

On Saturday, January 12, and Sunday, January 13, 2013, Book Bites Lesson Plan for Setting Analysis for The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins will be available for only $1.00 on Teachers Pay Teachers. If you’re thinking about reading The Hunger Games with your students, this is a great lesson plan to tip the odds in your favor of engaging students.


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