September 21: By this time, my English 10 students are up to page 60 in Tuesdays with Morrie. Perfect time to assign another journal. Continue reading
Today was a shortened day because of Homecoming. Classes were only twenty minutes, but I still wanted my students to do something pertaining to Tuesdays with Morrie, while being fun! So I had them make their own Bucket Lists! Continue reading
One of the major themes early in Tuesdays with Morrie is tension, or ‘Tension of Opposites,’ as Morrie himself names it. Continue reading
To dig a little deeper and connect my Tuesdays with Morrie unit to Narrative writing, which my students have and will be doing for the remainder of the year, I decided to create a ‘Who Am I/My Culture’ Assignment.
To lead into this assignment, we had an in-class discussion about culture and what the characters, Morrie and Mitch, had to say about their personal cultures, American culture, and culture in general. Then we related these ideas to our personal lives and started brainstorming aspects of our personal cultures: family life, traditions, sports, music, heirlooms, etc. Continue reading
After going through the book for several days as a class and having short Journal assignments and discussion, I decided to have a reading pop-quiz. This was over the first thirty pages, but answers were definitely talked over in class previously. Continue reading
Sometimes to understand a concept fully, students need to research and learn about the concept outside of the classroom discussion. This I’ve learned with Tuesdays with Morrie and his condition ALS [Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis].
When we started discussing the novel, we talked about ALS, about the Ice Bucket Challenge, and even watched a short clip on someone struggling with ALS [To see that lesson, click here]. However, even with that previous knowledge, I realized my students didn’t know what ALS was like. Continue reading
Students connect with a text when they are able to relate the content to their personal lives and make deeper, more personal connections.
Let’s face it. Students aren’t always going to follow directions and bring their books to class, despite our best efforts to remind them. It’s the sad reality about being a teacher.