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Word Sneak: Vocabulary Game Inspired by the Tonight Show

Word Sneak: Vocabulary Game Inspired by the Tonight Show | The Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
While killing time in the airport last weekend, I watched a series of Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show clips. While watching Jimmy Fallon and Bryan Cranston playing "Word Sneak," I was inspired! I decided to use this game format for a vocabulary review in my class.
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Catlin Tucker is a high school English teacher full of great ideas. Check out her inspiration and lesson for helping students with vocabulary development. Students have fun, communicate, and learn together. 

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50 Ways to Teach With Current Events

50 Ways to Teach With Current Events | The Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
In honor of National News Engagement Day, here are 50 ideas to help teachers bring current events into the classroom.
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Great ideas by Michael Gonchar on how to incorporate current events into reading and writing.

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Figurative Language Rap Song - TeacherTube

Figurative Language Rap Song - TeacherTube | The Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
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Figurative language in a video by students. Great example to get the point across.

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Guide to Grammar and Writing

Guide to Grammar and Writing | The Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
The Guide to Grammar and Writing contains scores of digital handouts on grammar and English usage, over 170 computer-graded quizzes, recommendations on writing -- from basic problems in subject-verb agreement and the use of articles to exercises in parallel structures and help with argumentative essays, and a way to submit questions about grammar and writing. Javascript and cgi-based quizzes (form enabling required). Acrobat Reader, sound card, and PowerPoint recommended but not required.
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Search for just about any topic, writing or grammar. Lessons for students to follow.

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Purdue OWL

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.
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Answer all of your questions about English in the classroom with Purdue Writing Lab.

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Inside Google Translate – Google Translate

Inside Google Translate – Google Translate | The Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
Inside Google Translate: Find out how our translations are created.
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Google Translate is always helpful for some of my English Language Learners.

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Teaching Persuasion with PSAs - The Tech Classroom

This site is designed for English Language Arts teachers at the middle and high school levels. The content of this site is geared toward bringing 21st Century Learning Skills into the English classroom.
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A great lesson from Kate Petty on teaching persuasion using public service announcements. Great videos and resources.

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Using TED to Develop Presentation Skills - The Tech Classroom

This site is designed for English Language Arts teachers at the middle and high school levels. The content of this site is geared toward bringing 21st Century Learning Skills into the English classroom.
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In this post by Kate Petty, she offers great examples of different presenters for students to assess body language when presenting. The lesson leaves students with a visual they can apply during their own presentations.

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SpeakIt!

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Tired of reading? Select text you want to read and listen to it. SpeakIt converts text into speech so you no longer need to read.
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The SpeakIt extension from the Chrome Web Store has been a great tool in my English classroom. I have my students use the extension to listen to their own writing as they follow along. It helps them to hear their mistakes and fix them. 

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New Google Docs Feature: Editing Student Documents Just Got Easier!

New Google Docs Feature: Editing Student Documents Just Got Easier! | The Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
Today I took my classes to the computer lab to do synchronous editing on an essay they are writing. As they continued to work on their essays, I edited them. This way we can work simultaneously on their documents and use the instant chat window to discuss questions or problems. While I was
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Catlin Tucker wrote a blog on how she uses a very simple Google tool to help students edit their writing.

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Adolescent Literacy Instruction

Learning Point Associates is a nonprofit education organization with more than 20 years direct experience empowering educators to transform student learning.
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From "When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do" by Kylene Beers Learning Point Associates has published an interactive Jigsaw type activity for partners. A great reading strategy for English Language Learners as well. Students read a section of text and then tell their partner something about it, and then vice versa.

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Google Lit Trips for High School

Google Lit Trips for High School | The Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
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Google Lit Trips are interactive lessons designed by teachers. You can use them as enrichment activities, as an engagement piece, or in conjunction with the piece you are studying. 

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Word Sneak: Vocabulary Game Inspired by the Tonight Show

Word Sneak: Vocabulary Game Inspired by the Tonight Show | The Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
While killing time in the airport last weekend, I watched a series of Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show clips. While watching Jimmy Fallon and Bryan Cranston playing "Word Sneak," I was inspired! I decided to use this game format for a vocabulary review in my class.
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Catlin Tucker is a high school English teacher full of great ideas. Check out her inspiration and lesson for helping students with vocabulary development. Students have fun, communicate, and learn together. 

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Silent Tea Party: Pre-Reading for Challenging Texts

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Here is a pre-reading strategy to use to prepare students for reading challenging books. Silent Tea Party gets students to interact and start understanding the big idea of the book. Listen to Ms. Fulco as she explains how to use this pre-reading strategy in the classroom.
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Mary Elizabeth Fulco shows how her high school English class uses a pre-reading strategy before starting to read a novel. A helpful strategy to give students a better understanding of characters. Also teaches students how to support answers using direct quotes/evidence from the text. You can use this strategy with informational text as well.

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Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events | The Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.
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A great resource for finding informational text and quizzes. Your students can enter your classes and it will document their progress.

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Padlet is the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world

Padlet is the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world | The Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
You'll feel like a superhero
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I use Padlet in my classroom for collaboration and brainstorming activities. Students love being able to post and comment on an interactive wall.

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Results on ReadWriteThink - ReadWriteThink

Results on ReadWriteThink - ReadWriteThink | The Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
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One of my favorite sites for interactive lessons. You can filter by content and grade level.

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American Rhetoric: The Power of Oratory in the United States

American Rhetoric: The Power of Oratory in the United States | The Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
Site dedicated to Public Rhetoric, political, social, movie and religious speeches and related concepts of and exercises in rhetoric.
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A site where students and teachers can listen to and read the transcripts of speeches from famous people. 

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Jen Roberts uses sentence stems to help her students write comparison paragraphs. I wish I had that much board space.

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Advanced Google Search Tip: Sort by Reading Level

Advanced Google Search Tip: Sort by Reading Level | The Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
While presenting a series of Google trainings in Alaska last week, I discovered that very few participants knew how to do an advanced Google search by reading level. It's such a useful trick for differentiating reading materials in the classroom, I wanted to share it. Step 1: Enter your search
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Catlin Tucker talks about using advanced Google search techniques with students. They can use this tool to search for information at their reading level. 

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Giving Students Feedback With Kaizena (Voice Comments) Tutorial - YouTube

Use your voice to give students feedback about their papers in Google Docs. I've only played with this a little bit so far, but I'm really excited to be able...
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Great tutorial by Jen Roberts on using the Kaizena add-on to leave students voice comments and resources on their writing.

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Blogging in the Classroom - The Tech Classroom

This site is designed for English Language Arts teachers at the middle and high school levels. The content of this site is geared toward bringing 21st Century Learning Skills into the English classroom.
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Kate Petty details a lesson to get students blogging. You'll find that even your most reluctant students will write. The purpose is to encourage students to write more. I use KidBlog in my classroom, but you can use Blogger, WordPress, or EduBlogs.

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Classroom Charts

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Jen Roberts

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Jen Roberts created a blog page solely dedicated to classroom charts. Find anything to help you teach annotation strategies, rhetorical devices, reading strategies and dozens more. A fabulous resource for any English classroom.

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Roberts On Writing

Tidbits, Treasures and Teaching Resources For Writing Groups and More
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Great idea for getting students to peer edit their writing. Jen Roberts, a high school English teacher, presents how she sets up and uses Writing Response Groups in her classroom.

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Double-Entry Journals | Classroom Strategies | AdLit.org

AdLit.org offers resources (articles, research, teaching strategies, book recommendations) for parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers.
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Through research, Adolescent Literature has come up with a close reading strategy to help students connect in an interactive way with phrases within the reading material.  Students fold a piece of paper in half. In one column students write out a phrase or detail from the text and in the column next to it they write their reaction. 

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Literacy, Technology, Policy, Etc....A Blog: How I used Socrative for Writing Instruction

Literacy, Technology, Policy, Etc....A Blog: How I used Socrative for Writing Instruction | The Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
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Jen Roberts uses Socrative to create an interactive lesson to pull quotes from an article. Students then vote on the quote they feel best supports the question. It's a fun activity for the students, and even students unsure of themselves participate. Students can view all other quotes anonymously for voting. The teacher can download a copy of the responses to assess students.

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