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Mrs. Luke Complementing & reinforcing other 7th grade curricula Differentiation of content & products Student choice Creativity & personal expression 21st Century Language Arts skills Fun! With American History curriculum: Civil War novel – Red Moon at Sharpsburg Immigration – Family Story Project Great Depression novel – Out of the Dust Holocaust memoirs – All But My Life / I Have Lived a Thousand Years With Drama curriculum: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night With Art curriculum: First Grade Book Finding appropriate challenges for each student while meeting content/skills goals Various student groupings (small vs. large vs. leveled) Opportunity to compact – read faster, independent research Choice for final projects (various skill levels) Literature Circles: something for everybody to learn & share Teacher-selected reading groups (Holocaust memoirs) Helping students to find appropriate “choice” books Research projects—What do I want to learn about… the Civil War? my family’s history & family stories? WWII and the Holocaust? End-of-unit projects—How will I show what I know? Draw/animate a cartoon? Perform a skit? Write a story? Do I want to work by myself or with a buddy? What do I want to write about? Which quote from my book inspires me? Where will this story starter go? Which poem speaks to me? Which book should I read next? From conceptual to concrete Wordly Wise drawings & skits Grammar commercials Twelfth Night “movie” stills First Grade Book – story & illustrations If you can dream it, you can do it (eventually). Creative problem solving & technology Write, edit, e-conference on laptops Research with online databases & websites Online grammar resources, videos, & quizzes PowerPoint presentations Photoshop – images & text Flip cameras & Premiere Elements video / sound editing software Web 2.0 – Notaland.com – collaborative multimedia presentations SMART Board Work with partners & groups Grammar songs Creative writing & dynamic projects Poetry coffeehouse Use technology to enhance learning Variety—we do it all Reading: novels, poetry, play, memoir Writing: short stories, oral history narrative, poetry, skits, essays, literature summary & analysis Classwork & Homework assignments for the whole week Handouts–instructions, grading rubrics, notes Links for extra help with writing, vocabulary, grammar, spelling Links/audio to explore & enrich units of study GREAT IDEAS FOR DINNER TABLE DISCUSSIONS!