Every good unit ends with a paper (says every English teacher in the world!). And for The Scarlet Letter, I couldn’t agree more! Continue reading
As my American Seminar students read The Scarlet Letter, we had some great whole-class discussions–from characters and themes to what the heck is happening and why do people talk in Old English–and wrapping up the book was no different. Continue reading
To help my students connect their lives to the story, Tuesdays with Morrie, I wanted them to write about Mitch and Morrie’s relationship and then relationships in their own lives. 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
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.
As an intro activity to my English 10 class’ first major reading, Tuesdays with Morrie, I wanted to talk about ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and the complications of that disease since the main character, Morrie, struggles with ALS. Continue reading
So how do you start teaching The Scarlet Letter? Where do you begin? Continue reading