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Modern Day Slavery

Discussion by: Lynette on Mon, 2013-11-18 14:05 with 1 comments

I like to do a Modern Day Slavery Project with my English III students.  They research the topic and choose one aspect of modern-day slavery to explore in depth. In the past, they have then written an essay to share their research.  “Dear Mr. Wal-Mart” in Best Teen Writing 2013 would make a great mentor text to use in conjunction with this project.  Instead of having students write a typical essay, they will write a letter to a particular abusive company or organization that they have discovered through their research.

Rebecca Scurlock's "Reflections"

Discussion by: A.B.Graves on Fri, 2013-11-15 09:27 with 0 comments

Let’s make this interesting

One of the things I’m trying to teach my students this semester is voice and style. This was a concept that I was never introduced to until my upper-level English classes in college. Obviously, I had not nearly enough time to develop a voice good enough to be heard in my creative writing class. Now, nearly four years later, I know a bit more about voice, and I realize how important it is in producing captivating writing.

Poetry- Getting to know you

Discussion by: Erin Stokes on Tue, 2013-11-05 09:03 with 0 comments

At the beginning of the school year, I want to get to know
my students. I want to understand what events in their lives make them who they
are. Usually, one activity I do with my students is to have them create a
simple timeline of their lives, detailing the most traumatic and exciting
events of their lives.

As I read the poem “Destination” by Parker Elkins (2013
edition), I thought that my students could be challenged to create a similar
poem about important events in their lives. Each student could choose one event
from his or her timeline about which to write.

Powerful Descriptive Writing Rich with Voice and Style

Discussion by: Joshua on Mon, 2013-05-20 12:55 with 0 comments

Voice is important; like any skill, it must be taught.

Adjectives and Verbs: Grammar and Stlye

Discussion by: Veronica on Sun, 2013-04-28 13:07 with 1 comments

Verbs: Grammar and Style


Memories: A Love Song for Philadelphia

Discussion by: Sam on Sun, 2013-04-28 13:07 with 4 comments
City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection

My students at the Beeber Middle School in Philadelphia are collaborating with a 4th grade teacher and her students at Independence Charter School to create montage to our city entitled, Brotherly Love. Brotherly Love is a musical response to the continued high levels of violence in Philadelphia.  Brotherly Love hopes to respond to this violence by doing an inquiry on what does brotherly love mean. I used poetry from The Best Teen Writing of 2012 as muse and mentor text to explore memory and the theme of love.

Critical Theory: Lenses for Constructing in "The Destruction Room"

Discussion by: Lorraine on Sun, 2013-04-28 12:57 with 0 comments

I work in the destruction room. It’s not a tough job, all that I do is make sure people don’t destroy themselves by jumping in. Other than that, I watch the world fall into that room, look at everything that falls through the door in the ceiling and make a 20-meter descent to the floor. People dropped all sorts of things. Bowls hit the floor and splattered into ceramic droplets. Furniture unbuilt itself, boards and screws busted apart, returned to individuality.

What It Means To Be Me

Discussion by: Tricia on Sun, 2013-04-28 12:50 with 3 comments

Like a moth to the fire, I have always been drawn to literature
that explores issues of identity, place, and cultural background.  These stories sweep me up into the
angst of the characters, their confusions, questions, and explorations of what
it means to be from a certain place, yet live in another; what it means to be
labeled by society in one way or another, yet identify oneself as something
else; what it means to go against certain norms because one just does not want
to be stuffed, sealed, and labeled into a certain box.  Reading literature on this topic helps

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