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…