Tuesday, 22 January 2013
For your own best practices, here are two recent Common Core Practice Writing Tasks from The Learning Network at The New York Times.
An argumentative writing task about the late "technology wunderkind," Aaron Swartz: A Data Crusader, a Defendant and Now, a Cause.
A narrative writing task about Richard Blanco, the son of Cuban exiles who was the 2013 inaugural poet: Poet's Kinship with the President.
Monday, 21 January 2013
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 1964:
Thursday, 17 January 2013
"Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom."
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
How would you like to have 25 FREE read-alouds for your students to enjoy? What if all 25 of them were GREAT children's books? And if the readers were people like James Earl Jones or Jane Kaczmarek, or perhaps Ernest Borgnine or Annette Bening?
Here's Betty White reading Gene Zion's classic Harry the Dirty Dog:
If this sounds amazing, then you are in luck!
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides this great resource via YouTube or, for those whose systems block the site, via SchoolTube's Storyline Online channel.
As if the videos weren't enough, Storyline Online also provides a downloadable activity guide for each book that includes questions, suggested research extensions, internet activities, and biographical information about the author, illustrator, and reader, plus more book suggestions.
I know you'll enjoy all this site has to offer you and your kiddos!