Reflection: Providing PD "Why We Broke Up" with Beowulf: Using YA Fiction to Tell Our Stories and Understand Stories from the Past - Section 1: Teacher to Teacher: Lesson Overview and Context

 

The internet and the creation of social networking has given teachers the opportunity for many types of professional development. We don't need to or have to work in isolation. I have been embracing these opportunities since 2009 when I joined the English Companion Ning and started "meeting" like-minded teachers from around the country and world. 

Via my colleagues' blogs, conferences, social networking (NCTE's Connected Community, for example), etc. I have continued learning and sharing without having to take classes. 

I saw Lee Ann Spillane's blog post about Why We Broke Up and emailed her requesting the PDF, which she graciously shared. It fits nicely with my narrative essay assignment and with our study of Beowulf. Additionally, I enjoyed reading Lee Ann's book Reading Amplified via a Facebook book study, and Lee Ann shared a blog post I wrote about Daniel Pink's book To Sell is Human that was promoted in the Stenhouse blog and retweeted by Daniel Pink.

As our profession continues to be the whipping girl among politicians and other self-proclaimed experts who have never taught, we can support each other via the many opportunities for authentic professional development beyond the mandates of our districts. 

  My Professional Learning Community: Moving Beyond District Mandated PD
  Providing PD: My Professional Learning Community: Moving Beyond District Mandated PD
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"Why We Broke Up" with Beowulf: Using YA Fiction to Tell Our Stories and Understand Stories from the Past

Unit 6: We Need a Hero: The Anglo-Saxon Epic "Beowulf"
Lesson 6 of 7

Objective: SWBAT discuss a passage from "Why We Broke Up" as effective narrative.

Big Idea: We all have stories to tell about people, places, and things we value.

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Subject(s):
English / Language Arts, narrative voice, description, Beowulf, Daniel Handler, Why We Broke Up, YA lit
  62 minutes
original cover of why we broke
 
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