BOOKER ENGLISH

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HOW TO INTRODUCE PLOT by Kurt Vonnegut

October 23, 2011 Posted by | LITERATURE | Leave a comment

LITERARY ANALYSIS GUIDE

VISIT SITE

September 12, 2011 Posted by | LITERATURE | , , | Leave a comment

LITCHARTS

VISIT LITCHARTS

September 12, 2011 Posted by | LITERATURE | Leave a comment

USING VOICETHREAD AND ETHERPAD WITH GATSBY

This is an excellent blog post by Lisa Huff at her Just Read page. Voicethread is a powerful tool that I recently shared with my English department as well as Etherpad as a collaborative writing tool.
Check out the post here:
Just Read

May 8, 2011 Posted by | LITERATURE, TEACHING 2.0, TECH TOOLS | Leave a comment

MAKING PICTURE BOOKS

High school students love picture books and they enjoy making them as well. English teachers can embed many literary and writing skills into the creation of the stories. For example, criteria can include using literary elements and or devices, narration and point of view, and character development. Below are two samples and the assignment and rubrics used. Enjoy!
Children’s Books – process
children’s story requirements



March 24, 2011 Posted by | IDEAS, LITERATURE | Leave a comment

MARGINALIA – BILLY COLLINS

A Great way to analyze text along with sticky note book reports.

Marginalia

Sometimes the notes are ferocious,
skirmishes against the author
raging along the borders of every page
in tiny black script.
If I could just get my hands on you,
Kierkegaard, or Conor Cruise O’Brien,
they seem to say,
I would bolt the door and beat some logic into your head.

Other comments are more offhand, dismissive –
“Nonsense.” “Please!” “HA!!” –
that kind of thing.
I remember once looking up from my reading,
my thumb as a bookmark,
trying to imagine what the person must look like
why wrote “Don’t be a ninny”
alongside a paragraph in The Life of Emily Dickinson.
Continue reading

August 28, 2010 Posted by | IDEAS, LITERATURE | | Leave a comment

THE CANTERBURY TALES IN RAP

BY BABABRINKMAN

Bring relevance to an important classic in the telling of tales.

July 21, 2010 Posted by | LITERATURE | , , | Leave a comment