Monthly Archives: October 2007

Slam Poetry

This link is to the video of Taylor Mali and it shows his performance. This poem is entitled “Waht Teachers Make.” Let me know if you didn’t get it.

Ray C.

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Be Creative with Your Text Set

Do share some of your more interesting texts from your own text set–they will inspire all of us to look for provocative (and substantive) texts for our units! KES

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Hot Links and Hot Titles

I came home last night and used HTML code to create live links to my heart’s content. I have no idea why it didn’t work on our classroom pc. The problem is that when I use the code no matter what I put into is “live” and therefore you can’t see the placement of the code letters/symbols unless you go to the edit function–backtrack so to speak. It is an easier strategy to show on the blackboard! Using the wordpress link icon Ray demonstrated of course is a surefire way to create live links. Do try it.

Since we are paying close attention to YA titles I thought you would like to look at this list of the Best Books chosen by Young Adults in the national survey the International Reading Association does every year. These are the 2007 picks and an annotated list appears in the November issue of JAAL. This is a pdf bookmark that you can download at the IRA website. I reformatted it as a list here.

If any titles on this list interest you, let me know and I will pick them up. I have copies of PROM, TWILIGHT, INVISIBLE, HEAVY METAL AND YOU and ELSEWHERE. The latter is an interesting book about a 15 year old girl who is the victim of a hit and run driver. In the afterlife, “Elsewhere,” the dead live their lives backwards until they become babies and are reborn on earth again. It’s just out in paperback.

13 Little Blue Envelopes. Maureen Johnson. HarperCollins.
Absolutely, Positively Not… David LaRochelle. Arthur A. Levine, Scholastic.
Autobiography of My Dead Brother. Walter Dean Myers.
Art by Christopher Myers. HarperTempest, HarperCollins.
Black and White. Paul Volponi. Viking, Penguin.
Bloodline. Kate Cary. Razorbill, Penguin.
Candy. Kevin Brooks.
Chicken House, Scholastic. Code Orange. Caroline B. Cooney. Delacorte Press, Random House. Crackback. John Coy. Scholastic Press, Scholastic.
The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl. HarperCollins.
Dread Locks. Neal Shusterman. Dutton, Penguin.
Elsewhere. Gabrielle Zevin. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Fade to Black. Alex Flinn. HarperTempest, HarperCollins.
Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List. Janette Rallison. Walker & Company.
Heavy Metal and You. Christopher Krovatin. PUSH, Scholastic.
Hold Me Tight. Lorie Ann Grover. Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster.
If We Kiss. Rachel Vail. HarperCollins.
Inkspell. Cornelia Funke. Chicken House, Scholastic.
Invisible. Pete Hautman. Simon & Schuster.
Kringle. Tony Abbott. Scholastic Press, Scholastic.
Looking for Alaska. John Green. Dutton, Penguin.
Lucky T. Kate Brian. Simon & Schuster.
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. James Patterson. Little, Brown.
Pretties. Scott Westerfeld. Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster.
Prom. Laurie Halse Anderson. Viking, Penguin.
Ready or Not. Meg Cabot. HarperCollins.
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie. David Lubar. Dutton, Penguin.
Something About America. Maria Testa. Candlewick.
Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. Andrea White. Eos, HarperCollins.
Twilight. Stephenie Meyer. Megan Tingley Books, Little, Brown.
You Are So Not Invited to My Batmitzvah! Fiona

Sofia and Jessica, we’re looking forward to talking about structuralism (and post-structuralism) and deconstruction next week. I am glad we spent time on excavating those disciplinary understandings last night but I AM sorry we didn’t have time for your discussions.

Send any pieces of the unit plan you would me to comment on. I will send feedback this week on the material turned in recently.

If you have specific questions, do get in touch.

I am in the office today and tomorrow if you are on campus and want to stop in and chat about your article or the unit plan. KES

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Video for Structuralism Presentation

I will be using this video in our Structuralism discussion tonight! -Sofia

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BDT Word File

Backward Design Template

When I first started my SoI, I didn’t realize that I was supposed to fill out a Backward Design Template; I just figured that I would turn that “graph” into words. Now that I know it is necessary to fill this out, I took the time to convert the Backward Design Template from a PDF file to a Word document. This way I can just type into the blank spaces.

I’m writing this post so that I can attach the Word file, so that anyone who wants to can download it and type it out. Keep in mind that this is a tremendous conversion, and the file, at times, can still be hard to work with. Just double-click to work in the box that you would like to and write away. Good luck, All.

Ray H.

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Just Stay Positive and Lighten Up!!

I thought I would just enlighten you all on how our schools are doing nationwide. The importance that America places on education is very apparent in this article. We have plenty of reasons to “stay positive” because the cup is always half full. I never truly realized this until I read this story.

Please give me your positive thoughts, and solutions for a better tomorrow for our kids. Thank you and have a pleasant day!

The story is called 1 in 10 high schools but there are also a few other stories. You will know you have the right one when you see a black kid in a black shirt holding a pencil. When you see this, just click!

http://www.rr.com/flash/index.cfm?division=43

Ray C.

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Bringing Books To Class Tonight

Jessica’s post on deconstruction reminds me of the importance of having TYSON and APPLEMAN in class tonight. Very difficult for facilitators to be able to use the texts to illustrate their discussions if we don’t have our books. Thanks!! And go ahead–deconstruct this semiotic system. KES

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