Are you looking for ways to connect abstract ideas and writing? Do the terms “tone” and “voice” need a boost in your students’ writing pieces? Help your students translate the writing styles of Markus Zusak’s in the Book Thief and John Donne’s poem entitled “Death Be Not Proud” into the authoring of their own poems. During this lesson, each student will write a poem with poetic devices such as personification, tone, and metaphorical language. Each student will analyze his/her topic, an abstract idea or object that is personally important. Students will also delve deeply into themselves to search for deeper ways to clearly convey a message that the reader of the poem will understand.
Read Edgar Alan Poe’s poem “The Raven” in a whole new way. Color-coded words aid in comprehension in several ways. Place the cursor on yellow words to see the definitions of these difficult vocabulary words. Words in red demonstrate internal rhyme; blue words show examples of alliteration, and words in purple are examples of assonance. Highlighting the literary devices relating to sound can bring readers to a new understanding of the complexity of one of Poe’s most famous works of art. Check out this site and interact with Edgar Alan Poe in a whole new way!
Learn about how the couplet is used in poetry—what it is used for and how to construct one of your own. There are many different forms of the couplet and even more variations based on the line length and meter. Types included in this site are the short, split, Heroic, Alexandrine and Qasida. Each form includes a description and an example in order for you to write one of your own. Learn how couplets work independently and within a poem. Although many couplets can be fused to create a unified work, each one should be a powerful and thought-provoking work on its own.
This is an excellent guide for evaluating the usefulness and authority of web resources. It provides an infographic that could be converted into a poster or linked to a class website. The guide is broken down into steps, with each one supported by clear examples that demonstrate how to follow the instructions. The descriptions explain how the steps determine reliability and usefulness, and what clues indicate a resource may not be trustworthy. The guide could also be used as a tutorial for walking students through how to evaluate the web resources they use in their research.
Need to write an essay comparing a common classical novel to a movie? Why not try Ad Lit's site? By comparing the classics to modern movies, you will study the themes connected to the ills of racism, the coming of age, strong women, and utopia vs. dystopia. Helping you connect associations to challenging texts via the comparison with movies will help you gain deeper comprehension. You will participate in discussions that will aid in helping you see the present-day applicability to the classics. A few of the thematic pairings included in the module are To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and In the Heat of the Night; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini andSlumdog Millionaire; The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton or Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers and Gangs of New York; The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison or Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and the film version of Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Got an upcoming project or paper coming up? Then check out this website for help evaluating sources for research projects with a step-by-step guide. In the initial appraisal, it tells how to focus on author’s credentials, date of publication, edition, publishers, and titles of periodicals. Then it moves to analyzing the content. Does it fit the intended audience? Is it real information or propaganda? Does it make sense and cite sources? It offers tips for analyzing both print and web sources, and provides signs of bad sources. Included is an exercise in which students list bad sources and explain what makes them bad.
Learn how to construct a well-written poem through this activity. Because poetry writing is meant to invoke the emotions and senses of its audience, begin the lesson by matching specific words to their correct senses. You are then prompted to consider other words and phrases that appeal to particular senses. The next module includes sensory descriptions in order for you to recognize how language is constructed to impact one of the five senses. The remaining portion of the lesson encourages you to play with words and phrases of your own that, in turn, lead to a meaningful and well-written poem.
Do your students struggle with gathering their ideas? Are you looking for ways to scaffold your writing instruction? Do your students struggle with organizing content for paragraphs? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, visit
Houghton Mifflin resources site. You and your students can find numerous graphic organizers in one stop. Use this site to help support writing in English Language Arts class or in other core classes
Do you need help with understanding the parts of speech? Are you confusing adverbs with prepositions? Then Houghton Mifflin’s Grammar Blast can help. Grammar Blast allows you to work independently or with others as you view adverbs and prepositions in the context of sentences. Use the assorted questions as a means to review and assess you understanding of adverbs and prepositions.
Trying to teach parts of speech and pulling your hair out? Try this interactive site that allows students a chance to place in correct grammar and out pops a wacky story to share. The Houghton Mifflin Company’s Education Place offers Wacky Web Tales
a site offering a variety of stories for students grade three and above. This site can be a formative assessment, reinforcement of sentence structures, or parts of speech review.You'll love this one!
Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.