From Literature Circles to Inquiry Circles

Last spring, my 8th grade students were involved in Literature Circles where they read one of six Young Adult Historical Fiction selections. The Literature Circles took about five weeks to complete. Previously, I wrote a series of articles that cover procedures, mini-lessons, and assignments and assessments. One of the major areas I worked on with my [...]

By | February 6th, 2017|Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy|0 Comments

Five YA Novels to Understand Refugees

Staying informed by watching and discussing current events is one way for students to know what is going on in the world outside their immediate universe. Sometimes those events seem so far away--even when they are happening in our own country. Research has proven repeatedly that reading builds empathy. Whether the latest current events about how [...]

Close Reading and Deep Thinking = “Textploration”

My focus in this piece will be on inspiring truly close reading and deeper thinking as a facet of ELA instruction. When a reader can go beyond recall; go beyond simple inference and analysis, and go spelunking deep into reflection on and evaluation of story characters and elements (while using the text to support their [...]

“Letters Prove G. Washington a Coward!”- Fake News, circa 1776

Click bait headlines, such as the one above, may not have been “liked” instantaneously around the 13 original American colonies, but fake news and misinformation was still a factor in the news cycle of 1776.  A close look at American history reveals that fake news has been around since the country’s inception, and even the honorable George Washington had [...]

By | January 24th, 2017|Current Events in Education, High School, Literacy|0 Comments