#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…

The Giver Lesson Plan: Teaching Problem Solving

The Giver lesson plan

 

My freshmen are reading The Giver  this week. We were six chapters in on Wednesday and paused the reading for a day.

After reviewing how to brainstorm correctly, (time yourself and write as many ideas down as possible, not editing or organizing), students were given two minutes to brainstorm the topic “Problems in the World.” Students counted how many ideas they had written and the one with most received a piece of gum. Simple but effective. Gum is like gold at high school!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…