Three picture books that I’ve used (or would use) to introduce Depth and Complexity to students of any age.
Content Area: Language Arts
I knew how to help my below-level writers become on-level. But how the heck do you make the next step?
When you read a book with students, avoid getting bogged down with the nitty-gritty. Just pick one big idea and have fun reading! No quizzes, no memorizing, no essays. Just develop your students’ love of reading.
Here’s the perfect constraint for March! Writing with the digits of Pi.
Instead of just memorizing what a bunch of morphemes mean, we’re looking broadly, exploring patterns, finding unexpected similarities and weird differences.
Even what seems like a low-level “summarize” task can become beautifully high-level when we climb Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Here’s an interesting way to move students past mundane patterns in their writing. Ask for a rewrite, but without a letter (or two).
When you’re teaching a reading skill, can you replace some of those dull sample texts with glorious artwork?
Here’s how can we move a punctuation lesson beyond mere memorization and towards actually interesting thinking.
My 21st century 12-year-olds absolutely died watching Abbot and Costello’s “Who’s On First” skit. And we got a great homophone activity out of it too.