I have tried in vain for the last couple of years to organize portfolios for my students. Despite my intentions I consistently failed to maintain students’ papers throughout the year. The problem was I was doing all of the work, when I really didn’t have time for more busy work. Students weren’t spending enough time reflecting and the whole point… Read More
We are currently reading The Odyssey in my freshmen class. I decided that to better engage with our vocabulary that my students should make memes utilizing the vocabulary words in a fun and engaging way. If you know your memes you may have seen this guy before… If you are unsure of what memes are below is a video highlighting their origins…. Read More
As timing would have it, Harper Lee died just after my Freshmen completed their study of To Kill a Mockingbird. My class decided to create a tribute to Harper Lee and hung it in our school’s hallway. The students included their reactions to Harper Lee’s work, a connection they made to the Scottsboro boys, a writing describing why we should… Read More
My eighth-grade students completed The Butterfly Project and I think it was an overall success. Check out the description of the assignment here. Check out some of the finished products below. Did you try this program with your students? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below.
My students are just finishing a study of the novel Was God on Vacation? This book is written by Jack van der Geest, a Holocaust survivor. Jack van der Geest’s story is remarkable. He worked in the Dutch Underground, was turned in by Nazi sympathizers, sent to the concentration camp, Buchenwald, he escapes by faking his death, goes on to work… Read More