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How to Google for students conducting online research

Catcher in the Rye used to be a High School English staple.  This article would be a great accompaniment to a novel study of Catcher in the Rye or for a teacher considering teaching this novel.

“Is Holden Caulfield Obnoxious?” from Big Think e-zine

The other day I got my students to sit down and write their honest thoughts about poetry.  I even made it clear that they could be as expressive as they wanted to be without the use of any official swear words.  The responses were creative, but they were all pretty similar.  To sum up their opinions in one word, they thought poetry “SUCKS”.  Of course, I will be teaching an LES on poetry in the next month. I thought some ideas expressed in this article may help my seemingly impossible task to change my students’ conception of poetry.

“Be a Man. Read a Poem” from The Art of Manliness

Athabasca University is offering an online Media Literacy course designed for teachers.  I am strongly considering taking this course, because it sounds great and I’ve had wonderful experiences with Athabasca University.

Media  Literacy course at AU

If you’re thinking about using more technology in your ELA classroom, there’s plenty of tools out there for you.

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2010/05/30-posts-about-free-education-technology-tools-resources/

Great webisodes created by kids. Impressive and entertaining. This website is great for elementary classes.
recessstories.com

If you are going to be studying or creating movie trailers, you’ll want to see this link.

The Art of the Modern Movie Trailer

This article by the NPR, National Public Radio, explores the history and the art of movie trailers.  It is a valuable resource.

There’s been a big push to get to know our students at our school.  This interesting article explores just that.

http://mindshift.kqed.org/2012/01/what-does-your-school-know-about-you/

When thinking about ELA, we have a great amount of freedom when planning out our classes.  Our LESs can have customized themes and texts.  With more data we have about our student population, we can deliver engaging and meaningful lessons

Do you ever get your students to create a timeline for a novel?  TimeToast is a website that enables students to create timelines on the computer.

www.timetoast.com