How and Why to Write Reflectively
To Enhance Learning in the Secondary Classroom
In today's secondary classroom the focus is and should be on how students learn best through using their own thoughts about a subject. In the past, they have been told how they should think about everything from the meaning of a poem to what a passage is trying to tell the reader. But if we consistently tell them what something means, how will they ever learn to think critically? Because of the access to public media and information, today more than ever our students need to be able to think about what they read and see and form their own opinions. With all the hype on the Internet and social media, our kids are susceptible to outside influence. How can we help? By teaching them to think critically about what they read. The best way to do this is through practicing reflective writing in our classrooms. Give students a chance to really think about what they read.
In this PowerPoint, which is classroom ready for 6th-12th+ grades, students are able to see why this type of writing will benefit them and off the steps to help them learn how to write an effective Reflection. Click on the link that takes you to this PowerPoint: How to Write Reflectively in Secondary School and College.
Academic Vocabulary for Informational Text Essay
Classroom Ready with Lesson Plan
This slide presentation is ready to be used in your classroom. Incorporated in the presentation that you present directly to your students is activities and note taking to get your middle school students introduced to the needed academic vocabulary words for writing and Informational Text Essay. If you like this, please add as a favorite, like us on your social media sites and share on Pinterest.
Figurative Language Academic Vocabulary,
Defined and Examples
This is a free classroom-ready PowerPoint
for teaching Figurative Language.
With the advent of the new Common Core State Standards I have found that teachers need more help than ever in the classroom. This PowerPoint offers a way to introduce the academic vocabulary for figurative language. While not a complete unit, it offers a great introduction for your students. It is ready to use right now. Save yourself some planning time....
5 Most-usable Teacher Websites
(These are must haves!)
I consider these the best. Listed here are my 5 most-used websites to incorporate relevance into the our classrooms.
As a Middle School English teacher I am constantly looking for ways to incorporate the new Common Core State Standards into the classroom in such a way that has relevance to my kids. Click "read more" below to get my 5 most-used teacher websites...
iPads in the Classroom --
"Variety is the Spice of Life"
Idioms and cliche's have become so because they are well used. This particular idiom "variety is the spice of life" is the intregral element in incorporating iPads in the Classroom. How do we dig through the wealth of information to form an organized curriculum for our students? How do we write lesson plans when it takes hours and hours of research just to decide on which tool is useful? My goal is to build my lesson plans from the Common Core State standards using the iPad minis as my tool. Here are more apps that I have discovered that I plan to utilize in my lesson plans.
Writing An Argumentative Essay
Classroom Ready PowerPoint
with Specific Instructions to Students
for the Steps Needed to Write an Effective Essay
--Essay Topic Ideas Included!
The new Common Core State Standards include a large section on expository writing for Middle School English Language Arts. Included in this is writing an Argumentative Essay. The standards are defined in such a way that students need to use their critical thinking skills to write a focused, clear argument. Here is an PowerPoint that outlines the most basic Argumentative Essay writing skills along with pre-writing activities. Included on this page is also a PowerPoint for the vocabulary associated with writing the essay. Good luck! If you have found this Slideshare helpful, please like and share to your favorite social media.
Why We Love Abraham Lincoln Soooo Much!
What is so intriguing about this man that more than an estimated 16,000 books have been written about him. What makes him so special that another great movie has recently been released and has brought in top billing in the box offices? And why do our students still have interest in this man?