How to Teach a Novel presents readers with practical advice on how to teach novels in grades 3 and up. For years I searched for a workshop on this topic, only to end up creating it myself! Out of that workshop came this blog. Here you'll find resources, recommended readings, and related links, all aimed at helping you to make your literacy instruction motivational, memorable, and, finally! manageable. Definitely read through past posts for ideas you can use in your classroom tomorrow!
If you're just starting out on this road to teaching novels successfully, I'd recommend that you first jump over to my How to Teach a Novel lens at Squidoo.com. There you'll find an abbreviated version of the workshop I've presented numerous times. It's a great jumping off point, with lots of sites to explore.
Over the last month I've shown the picture that you see during a number of presentations and workshops. I've used the picture to model using pictures to spark students' minds at the beginning of lessons on search strategies. This is a strategy that I've developed by borrowing ideas from Daniel Russell's Search ReSearch activities and Dan Meyer's strategy of using videos and pictures to prompt students to ask math questions.
Whether you’re writing a paper or studying for a test, odds are you spend more time gathering the pieces than actually working. Getting all of your notes together, hunting for quotes, and tracking down bibliographical information takes at least as long, if not longer, as writing the paper itself.
In a group situation, sharing research and collaborating on the production of one document is even more difficult without the proper tools.
Enter Evernote. For students, it’s an invaluable way to organize research and streamline the collaboration process. Here are some examples of how Evernote simplifies the student research process.
How can a teacher best approach the teaching of a novel? This lens will break it down step by step, from the abstract notion of "What's worth teaching in this novel?" to the concrete concerns of "How will students be held accountable for their understanding of this book? In what ways will I assess progress? How will students demonstrate their understandings of story theme, character development, plot, vocabulary, and other story elements?" This lens will provide sample materials, Internet resources, and ideas which have proven successful in many classrooms.
Free K-12 educational videos … organized. Tens of thousands of excellent, educational videos in a huge, intuitive directory. Organized, reviewed, rated, and described by teachers. Ideal as a supplement to a curriculum or for independent study.
Active Textbook provides educators with the tools to extend and customize digital learning materials, making them truly engaging for effective learning outcomes. Students can interact with customized content and cooperate with their peers using built-in social learning tools available on a variety of computing devices.
Podcast Gallery is an online directory of the best audio and video podcasts across all genres. You can watch your favorite podcast shows in the browser or download them to your Dropbox or Google Drive.
The Cooperative Library Instruction Project (CLIP) is a partnership between Chemeketa Community College, Lane Community College, Oregon State University, Western Oregon University and Willamette University whose mission is to design and develop sharable, web-based tutorials to assist in library instruction and information literacy.
CLIP is creating tutorials that specifically address the larger ideas of information literacy. The collection might look something like an interactive, online information literacy "text book" from which librarians or instructors anywhere can select and use pieces as they choose.
Newsela is an innovative way for students to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news. It's easy and amazing. Register now or learn more about the impact Newsela can have on your classroom.