What Worked: When Teaching Turns to Tech Support

Teacher: Glenn Morgan School: La Jolla High School (California) Grade: 11th Grade American Literature This week, I introduced the Peer Mark assignment, a service offered through turnitin.com, the anti-plagiarism (or, in their parlance, “unoriginal writing prevention) website. We’ve been working with various genres of media writing in my 11th grade Honors American Literature class, and I … Read more…

What Worked: Student-Led Assessment

Teacher: Carla Beard (retired) School: Connersville High School www.webenglishteacher.com The kids weren’t doing their homework, and I had resorted to the age-old stratagem of quick reading quizzes at the beginning of the period to remind them that they were accountable. However, I had run into a snag: students were failing the quizzes even though they … Read more…

#4 Teaching the Novel with Ariel Sacks

 Ariel Sacks   8th grade ELA teacher at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (NY)    Segment I – Background and Inspiration   Tell your story. Where are you from and how long have you been teaching? What classes have you taught?    – Ariel has been teaching for 10 years. She is currently at Brooklyn Prospect … Read more…

TWT #1 Carol Jago

 Carol Jago  Nov. 18, 2013    Segment I – Background and Inspiration    Tell your story. Where are you from and how long have you been teaching?  What classes have you taught?   — She started student teaching, which turned into her first job because the master  teacher called in sick and never returned. That turned … Read more…

What Worked: Teaching Characterization in Difficult Texts

Teacher:  Eric Pollack Class:  12th Grade AP English Literature School:  CheongShim International Academy Time:  50 minutes   Objectives (2): 1)      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain. 2)     CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of … Read more…

Literary CSI: A Close Reading Lesson Plan

Close Reading LEsson Plan

Class: AP Literature and Composition Posted by: Brian Sztabnik School: Miller Place High School   Do we each have literary DNA? Is our writing style unique? Vassar College professor, Don Foster, whose book, Author Unknown: On the Trail of Anonymous, argues that no two people use language in precisely the same way, our identities are … Read more…

A Poetry Lesson Plan with 3-D Art

Posted by: Brian Sztabnik Class: AP Literature and Composition School: Miller Place High School My students are in the midst of a Romantic poetry unit, and I wanted them to understand the importance of re-reading when faced with a difficult poem. To convey that, the students spent the first 10 minutes of class looking at 3-D art. Some … Read more…