Socratic Circle: Immigration in America

Essential Question: What does it mean to be an immigrant in America? After exploring various texts throughout the first quarter, you displayed your collective knowledge in a Socratic Circle to discuss our essential question above. Although any text read this quarter was viable, everyone should have four specific texts analyzed prior to the discussion: “Blaxicans”Continue reading “Socratic Circle: Immigration in America”

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo! Because of our stringent schedule, I cannot have the entire class participate in NaNoWriMo, but I would like to offer extra credit to students who participate. Sometimes we simply need a bit of motivation to help our writing come to life. Sign up for NaNoWriMo here andContinue reading “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)”

Ms. Ellis’ Literary Duel: How Bookish Are You Really?

I officially challenge you to a duel of literary proportions! Each quarter you will compete against your teacher to see who can read the most books (nonfiction or fiction). If you beat me, you will receive an automatic “A” to use on any project (that same quarter) of your choosing. If you read at least tenContinue reading “Ms. Ellis’ Literary Duel: How Bookish Are You Really?”

Dead Word Tombstone Assignment

Dead Word Tombstone Assignment Directions: In order to improve our vocabulary skills and minimize repetitiveness, we are going to eradicate our elementary terms. Create a tombstone for a dead word according to the list below. No words may be reused. Check with your teacher for availability. At the top of your tombstone, write the deceasedContinue reading “Dead Word Tombstone Assignment”

Helpful Websites

There are so many sites out there and so little time to look through them all. I have often found a site in the middle of lesson planning only to lose it by accidentally hitting the infamous “X” in the top right hand corner. You’re probably familiar with what happens next. That brilliant idea, thatContinue reading “Helpful Websites”

Audio Books

There are moments when you simply want to listen to a beautiful story instead of reading each word the old fashioned way. If you find yourself in one of these moods, try to find an intriguing text via audiobook. There are many sites to choose from, but here are a few suggested sites. Podiobooks Open CultureContinue reading “Audio Books”