“…but i will never let my tongues
I have two tongues
its own value
that only I can determine.”
-Angelica Mercado, “Tongues”
Making text-to-self connections can be pretty simple when you’re working with a story, explanatory text, or short passage. Poetry, on the other hand, can be a challenge. That’s why I wanted to specifically work on this with my Book Club students. Continue reading
To connect on a deeper, more personal level to Tuesdays with Morrie, I had my students write poems about their ‘Morries’, the influential people in their lives. Continue reading
I wanted to switch up activities in my English 10 classes and instead of having them write another journal or essay-type of response, I decided to have them write two poems. These would be about people who influenced them positively–their ‘Morries’.
In my American Seminar classes, the advanced 11th grade course on American literature, I did a mini-unit on Anne Bradstreet poetry. Continue reading
Our clinical session is about to begin, and I can hear our ten-year-old running up the library stairs two at a time. He’s holding a silver pan with a sheet of foil covering the top. Continue reading
The assignment: to focus on a specific object or image, and then concentrate on how to write about this image/picture in a descriptive way.
This strategy gets the students to start thinking about figurative language, symbols, similes, connections, etc. Continue reading