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Practical Materials for the Busy Classroom Teacher

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Teaching Strategies




At the Crossroads:  Learning to Reflect and Reflecting to Learn
by Matt Copeland and Marc Grout

Designed to assist teachers whom seek to include a new approach to learning in their classrooms, At the Crossroads: Learning to Reflect and Reflecting to Learn outlines a rationale for reflective learning and offers examples and activities that can be taken to class the very next day.  This book discussed how reflective learning can be effectively used in the teaching of literature, writing, critical thinking, and discussion and includes specific sections on literature circles, creative drama, choral poems, portfolios, negotiated learning, Socratic seminars, and learning logs.  For teachers who desire their students to be actively engaged in the learning process, who want to turn ownership of the lesson's content over to their students, and who seek to have students direct their own growth, reflective learning is a phenomenal asset.

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Connecting Humor, Writing and Literature in the Language Arts
by Lisa A. Spiegel
(Grades 7-12) 

A creative book which includes a discussion of humor in general, its uses in the classroom, and how humor can be used effectively. Included are writing assignments incorporating humor, samples of humorous literature, and model units which suggest humorous materials.


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Creating a Positive Classroom Climate
by John H. Bushman
(All Grades) 

This text provides numerous activities to help achieve a positive classroom climate. The environment in most classrooms must be supportive if students are to feel comfortable to respond to literature, participate in writing groups, and, in general, interact with classmates in a constructive way. Activities may be used to help students know each other and establish a trustful relationship.


Implementing Literature Circles in the Middle and High Schools
by Judith Hayn and Wendy Boatman

Explore the uses of Literature Circles.  Step by step approaches offered by this text.  Authors address group size, the role of teachers and students, evaluation and assessment.  Sample lesson plans included.  Literature Circles with special needs students are also addressed.


Learning is WAC:  How the English Teacher Can Help Create a Writing Across the Curriculum Program
by Kenan Metzger

This Book focuses on the scholarship that has been done concerning Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and the importance of its practice to learning and pedagogy.  Since WAC has far reaching implications for curriculum and instruction the main focus of the book is on what the English teacher at all levels can do to encourage the practice of WAC.  Whether the teacher  is interested in simply integrating subjects within the classroom or actually involving other faculty members, there are many viable strategies that can be used to implement this.  



Reading and Writing  Multigenre Texts:  Exploring Its Implementation in the Secondary and College Classroom
by Jill Adams

There's a new way of thinking about traditional classroom texts -- multigenre.  This booklet explores exposing students to their process of reading multigenre texts.  In addition, writing multigenre works is investigated, along with assignment possibilities and rubrics.


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On Location: Research Projects for High Schools Students
by Lori Atkins Goodson and F. Todd Goodson

How many times have your students mumbled about how boring their hometown is? Well, your students may think their town is boring, but here's a book packed with ideas that will convince even the most pessimistic teen-ager that here are some interesting local stories to be told. In On Location: Research Projects for High Schools Students, an educator and a journalist provide page after page of writing topics that can be found in student's hometowns. Plus we include detailed information on the quest for a research topic, sources of information, and even sample questions to ask. Besides taking advantage of local resources, these projects can also serve as a great link between the school and the community.



Teaching with Technology:  Making Practical Use of Computers in the Language Arts Classroom
by Lori Atkins Goodson

Word processing is fine, but what else can English teachers do with all of those fancy new computers?  Explore possibilities for uses of exciting new technologies - - from desktop publishing to multimedia presentation software to web authoring.  This book is not a how-to-use-software manual.  It is a collection of ideas, creative and practical ways to enhance student learning and enthusiasm through the incorporation of technology into the Language Arts classroom.


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Whodunit: Gathering Up the Clues
by Shirly Yarick

This unit of study takes students through the analysis of elements which make up the mystery genre. Using critical thinking exercises, exploration of literary elements through reading young adult mysteries, group and individual writing exercises, and opportunities to develop organizational skills, the unit culminates with the writing of an original mystery story . Though this unit is sequential in nature, parts may be used independently and it is designed to allow maximum enjoyment during this learning experience.


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