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Kristal Doolin added a Reflection
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Why Six Cinderella's?

I chose to use six versions of Cinderella for two reasons.  One, I wanted to expose my students to as many texts as possible.  It is very interesting how many students want to check out the versions their table didn't get after this lesson is over.

Two, having so many cultures represented allows for discussion of how each culture or author changed the story to fit the way of life and what is important to each area of the world which creates the "interaction" common core link I am building toward.

I teach in Appalachia and am always amazed at how the students react to Smoky Mountain Rose.  Oddly the one about their own culture isn't usually a favorite.  They find the other cultures more interesting.

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Story Elements Introduction Part 2

7th Grade ELA » Unit: Literary Reading - "Sooner or later, everything old is new again." Part 1
Christopher Arnett added a Reflection
Christopher Arnett added a Reflection

Thoughts on Collaborative Learning: Developing Student Leaders

Although I provided questions for the students to explore in this activity, the style and methods with which they approached the poetry was up to them. The students rapping and beat boxing the poem was an unexpected way to express the rhythm; while I advise students to read poems aloud, I didn't specify this manner. It helped students "hear" Longfellow's rhythm, but can be distracting for other students as well. Rhythm can be a difficult thing to teach, and I encourage students to seek the method that works for them. We do address "scanning" a poem, reading looking for repeated sounds and emphasis of syllables; but students also can express rhythm musically, by finding a recording of a poem set to music; as noted above, students can read a work aloud--overall, we focus on finding patters in the words to understand rhythm. 

The groups' understanding and struggle did make me question using "Snowbound" as the sample poem; I may switch "Snowbound" for "Thanatopsis" in the future. 



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Stories by the Fireside: Understanding "Snowbound"

10th Grade English » Unit: Literacy: Poetry by the Fireside (Romanticism Part I)
Sarah Collins added a Lesson
Sarah Collins added a Lesson

The Final Draft: Day 2 of 2

1st Grade ELA » Unit: Snails: Fact and Fiction, or, Information and Literary
Big Idea: Mission Accomplished! Your students will feel proud as they finish their narratives.
LaTonya Jones added a Lesson
LaTonya Jones added a Lesson

Publishing for the World

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Reading Informational Text
Big Idea: Students will create a new document and use the bold and center features of a word processing program.
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Students Reflect on Partner/Coaching Process

Analyzing "Black Men And Public Space"

8th Grade ELA » Unit: House on Mango Street Part II
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Comparing and Contrasting the Two Stories using a Double Bubble Map

1st Grade ELA » Unit: Comparing and Contrasting with the Three Little Pigs
Big Idea: Students look at each text to compare the approach that each of the authors take.
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Predictions, Again!

4th Grade ELA » Unit: ELA Through Environmental Science
Big Idea: Scientists don't just guess when they write a prediction, they use what they know and have learned to make an educated and well-informed prediction.
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Why use visuals?

Maroo of the Winter Caves: Visual Vocabulary

6th Grade ELA » Unit: Maroo of the Winter Caves: Historical Fiction
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Analysis of Noumbe

Different Culture, Different Roles: Women in Two Societies

10th Grade ELA » Unit: New Beginnings, Community Identities, and Remembrances
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