Showing-versus-Telling & The Walking Dead

Name: Rebekah O’Dell (@RebekahOdell1) Class: English 9 Standard School: Trinity Episcopal School, Virginia Intro The first twenty minutes of the pilot episode of The Walking Dead is virtually silent. I hadn’t remembered that when, out of desperation and end-of-October exhaustion, I agreed to show the episode to my ninth graders on Halloween. They begged. I was weak. … Read more…

Students Have a Voice, Teach Them to Use It

Teacher: Starr Sackstein, NBTC Class: AP Literature School: World Journalism Prep (Queens, NY)   “I encourage disagreement” is a sign that adorns the wall above my desk. One of my students was enthralled with the saying as soon as words danced off my lips and into the pre-discussion atmosphere of my AP Literature classroom so much that he … Read more…

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…

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…