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- Colleen M., Special Education Teacher
- Virginia Beach, VA
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High schoolers examine the methods of effective characterization. In this writing skills lesson, students discuss how emotions, dialogue, actions, and physical descriptions build believable characters. High schoolers then use the methods of characterization in their own writing.
Ninth graders participate in improvisations, script analysis, writing, and creating written scenes. They identify language arts writing terms and identify them in a short story. Students use structural tools for dramatic scripts needed to build conflict and believable plots. The finished work will be 8 to 15 pages in length.
Students participate in a variety of shared reading and writing activities related to the book "The Selfish Crocodile" and "The Great Chase." They discuss how the author establishes the crocodile's character, define "selfish," and write sentences describing the mouse when he creeps into the crocodile's mouth.
Students identify the basic components of male and female Roman costume, both for children and adults and also, the major social ranks of Imperial Rome and the dress reserved for each gender and rank. They also identify some of the activities considered appropriate for each gender and rank and the appropriate Latin names for clothing and accessories.
Ninth graders analyze poetry. In this poetry lesson, 9th graders listen to a podcast of Les Murray reading the poem "The Tin Wash Dish." Students analyze the poem and discuss how poverty is personified in the poem. Students compile images that could be shown on a screen while the poem is being performed.
Twelfth graders engage in a ten-month long elective course focusing on college board review and an advanced writing workshop. Both course components focus on thinking and reasoning skills. Various approaches include sentence combining, which emphasizes linguistics and sentence structure, and the theory of the world approach which states students need a world view in order to write effectively. The course also includes choosing genres for writing projects.
Students explore and review punctuation. They discuss examples of poorly punctuated paragraphs and how it affects writing. Students describe the types of punctuation used for writing. They correctly punctuate a variety of sentences and use punctuation to express feeling and emotion in their writing.
Complete a decoding and text comprehension activity. Sixth graders will read and discuss a list of strategies for reading and decoding unknown words. First they will read along silently with the teacher using a choral reading technique with an excerpt from the book "Achoo!" by Trudee Romanek. They then independently complete a reading comprehension worksheet.