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!
This site provides a detailed analysis of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130. It begins with a side-by-side overview of the text, one side in the original language, the other providing a paraphrase of each line. The next section provides more an exhaustive explanation of each portion of the poem, focusing on the various literary devices, particularly allusion, parody, symbolism and comparison. The final section includes a possible explanation to the meaning of the sonnet, including why and how it was written. Because this particular sonnet differs from the traditional Petrarchan sonnet, both its differences and similarities are expounded upon here. A description of how to cite the article is also offered.
Need an end of the year novel enrichment study for
To Kill a Mockingbird? This Common Core-aligned unit
will engage students in a comparative study of the 1930's Scottsboro Boys to Harper Lee's fictional masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Students will participate in a deep character study, mock trial, analysis of the real-life court case, analysis of the To Kill a Mockingbird case and essay writing. Best of all it is all packaged neatly under the mandates of The Common Core Standards.
Here's a great site to learn about theater in Japan, China, Bali, and the United States. You'll also find out about different aspects of theater such as costumes and scenery. There’s even a little history of the theater itself. There is a lot of information packed into this video presentation so feel free to play it twice.
Here’s a story that blends fact and fiction with the magic of Robin Hood. You can listen to the story of Matilda’s Bracelet and its fatal results or take the long route and read the text. Learn about King John and the Magna Carta in two sections that tell the origin of the story. In addition there are photographs of an English church mentioned in the story, medieval jewelry, and a drawing of Matilda. The handy glossary defines some unfamiliar words, and there’s even a teacher’s section to show how to use this story in the history curriculum.
This interactive site allows you to visit any continent and read several facts about the languages spoken. Click on the lips icon to hear the language spoken in that specific area. Each person has the same conversation, saying seven phrases. As you roll over each phrase, it is translated from English to the language of the place you are visiting. You can listen for similarities in languages, or hear how differently we sound even when we are saying the same.
The BBC Standard Bitesize site offers a three-page review of how to obtain particular information when reading literature. Learn to use proven hints to help you pick out specific information enabling easy comprehension of characters and setting. Page two gives you examples to see if you understand the process. After you answer the questions, an answer key is provided. The last page lays out the
different ways questions may be phrased when you are being asked about specific
information. There’s also a game to play to see how well you recognize
Tech and Learning has just posted a wonderful article concerning Internet Gaming. With school starting up, make sure you have your resources available to help that special student of yours make the grade. Read on, and check out the hotest sites available for online learners.
40 Sites for Educational Games
If you are not familiar with word clouds, than here is a new idea to add pizzazz
to projects that will be upcoming this year. Wordle offers Free software than can be utilized by teachers, academic learning coaches, or students. What a great way to use an unique idea for all types of reinforcement.
You simply input a bunch of text, URL, or del.icio.us tag and Wordle creates the word cloud for you. Simple, easy, and fun! What a wonderful way to incorporate technology into your various lesson activities.
"Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the
source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color
schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like.
You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with
your friends." - Wordle
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.