Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy New Year!!

May your year be filled with impassioned characters, riveting plot lines, and enlightened universal themes...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Tis' the Season - 10 Classic Christmas Books

1) A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

2) The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg

3) How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Dr. Seuss

4) "The Gift of the Magi" - O. Henry

5) The Nutcracker - E.T.A. Hoffman, illustrations by Maurice Sendak

6) The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Barbara Robinson

7) The Christmas Box - Richard Paul Evans

8) The Night Before Christmas - Jan Brett

9) The Tailor of Gloucester - Beatrix Potter

10) The Father Christmas Letters - J.R.R. Tolkien

Friday, December 14, 2012

Create a Bookmark - Fun Lesson of the Week

Create a Bookmark can be used as a chapter check or a culminating reading activity, perhaps in lieu of the ordinary book report.  Create a Bookmark reinforces literacy and common core language arts standards, while allowing for individual expression.  It is a student/teacher-friendly, hands-on classroom resource that includes the following elements: 
  •     Title
  •     Author
  •       Theme of book
  •     Character quotation
  •       Scene from the book 
  •       Summary of the book
 This lesson is featured on  - a fabulous website for teachers.  

Sunday, December 2, 2012

What's in Your Character's Head???

This is a creative writing activity I do with my students.  They invent a character and make a collage of what's in their head, including thoughts, symbols, theme words, and pictures.  This lesson is featured on  - a fabulous website for teachers.