Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Today's Tip: Head on over to TeachersPayTeachers for the big Teacher Appreciation Day Sale! Tuesday and Wednesday, shop for products that are up to 28% off.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
|Michele has organized materials to highlight the work of 17 TpT folks. Here's the booth!|
|Teachers can enter a drawing for a goodie basket.|
|Steve made these trees, and this one highlights ELA materials.|
Saturday, March 16, 2013
High School English
One of my classes this semester is AP English Language and Composition, so I have been posting a lot for that course. I NEED MORE AP LIT STUFF!
Monday, February 25, 2013
Today's Zinger #1: I was talking with a student about an argumentative essay we were analyzing. Here's how the conversation went:
Teacher: That issue has another side.
Student: Yeah, it's a double-edged sword.
Teacher: Is there any part of the argument that you can grab onto?
Student: How can you grab onto a double-edged sword?
Zinger #2: "Mrs. Kratzer, what is the abbreviation for May?"
Zinger #3: (During a lesson on The Civil Rights Movement)
"Selma--wasn't that a movie where they drove off a cliff?"
Zinger #4: "Glitter is the herpes of art. Once you got it, you can't get rid of it."
Zinger #5: "Ima a jack you for your church shoes."
Zinger #6: "I read it somewhere, I don't know--maybe on that link to that online newspaper, the Huff and Puff."
Zinger #7: "I am mug-shot serious."
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Male Student A: What are "the birds and the bees?"
Female Student B: You know, the sex talk.
Male Student A: My parents don't talk about that stuff. Will you tell me?
Female Student B: Uh, no.
Male Student A: C'mon, I wanna hear the story.
Female Student B: Why birds and bees anyway? That can't work out. Hey, baby, hold still (student is now thrusting her pelvis). Why birds and bees? They aren't even the same size.
ME: (Because I had to jump in) It's not birds with bees; it's birds with birds and bees with bees.
Female Student A: So, why don't they call it the "birds talk?"
Male Student B: Why do they use two animals anyway?
Female Student A: Well, they can't use a human and an animal.
Male Student B: That won't work anyway. Animals can't have sex with humans.
Female Student A: Yes they can!
Male Student B: Oh, yeah. Beastiology.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Today's Tip: I tried something new this week, and I thought it was worth sharing. My juniors wrote an essay analyzing Patrick Henry's "Speech to the Virginia Convention," and the results were less than stellar. The rubric (a generic one based on the AP English Language exam) is on a scale of 1 to 9. I told them to rewrite their essays based on my comments and aim for a score of 8. I met one-on-one with students after school yesterday and dealt with "biggest bang for the buck" strategies. The revisions I got today were remarkably improved!
Today's Resource: I discovered a website on Monday, and I was delighted by all the freebies. Check out all these graphic organizers!
Monday, October 8, 2012
I had a personal essay in which the girl said she was in the International Bachelorette Programme. I think Microsoft Word did a weird spellcheck!
Today's Tip: I tend to teach in small chunks, hover over them until students demonstrate proficiency, and then move on. Here's my tip: Instead of evaluating an entire draft, have an essay come to you in pieces. For example, if you have 30 students in a class, you can zip through 30 body paragraphs and give instant feedback. The next day, students revise that one paragraph and then plan and draft the next. You'll find that the second body paragraph that comes in will be a bit more refined than the first, and you may avoid marking the same issues over and over. This strategy is especially helpful with struggling students.
Today's Resource: YOU! In the Comments, give your best tip for dealing with the paper load in an English classroom.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
The blue rhino is kissing a very elaborate skyscraper.
The Asian girl is really limping the special window.
A butt-ugly teacher is unfortunately squishing a stupified house.
The ugly kangaroo was happily thrusting the stupendous apartment.
The indigo mother was thrustingly tackling the greasy Mexican boy.
The slow Asian girl had spiritually impaled the Negro water.
A pretty elephant seal was gently stroking a secret paper.
The kissing chair is stupendously attacking the red acne.
The ridiculous soccer mom was mostly trapezed on the spacious hibachi.
A dumb worker had hurriedly thrusted the green platypus poop.
Why try this exercise? My students found it to be a great parts of speech review although that wasn't my purpose. I wanted to make the point that writers DO NOT structure their sentences by accident, that we are VERY deliberate about the placement of words. I moved from this "game" to an analysis of syntax in a short passage.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Today's Tip: Research indicates that you can get the most bang for your buck teaching writing at the sentence level with mini lessons on structure. Today as a bellringer review, my students pulled compound-complex sentences from their writing --or what they they thought were compound-complex sentences--and put them on the board. Each student had to go to a different sentence and mark the independent and dependent clauses and determine whether or not it was CD-CX. The kids got to move, evaluate, and socialize--the trifecta of teendom!
Today's Resource: I have two free resources for my teaching buddies today.
The first is a chart to help students analyze tonight's presidential debate.
Obama-Romney "Debate" Analysis Chart
The second is a handy PDF for making a Formative Flip, a quick assessment tool that can be used in ANY classroom.