- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
- The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold by Francesca Lia Block
- Pedro and Me by Winick (a graphic novel)
- Poetry Speaks Who I Am by Paschen (poetry anthology)
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- Thirteen by Howe (short story collection)
- Getting Away with Murder by Crowe
- The Misfits by James Howe
- The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
- Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Monday, December 27, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I am so proud of my students for creating incredible digital book trailers for their last Book Talks. Rather than forcing the students to all write a summary of the book to share with the class, I let the students unleash their creativity for this assignment. Click on the following link to view one of my student's incredible book trailers:
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, November 18th
- Check-in at Disney Caribbean Beach Resort. Take shuttle to Disney Coronado Springs for Convention.
- Universal Studios after 2pm
- Harry Potter movie marathon 6pm-3am
Friday, November 19th
A. 06: Building Teacher Communities Through Social Networking (pg. 55)
B. 25: Author Strand: Brandon Mull and Neal Shusterman (pg. 74)
B. 52: A Look in the Rearview Mirror: What Did and Didn’t Work in a Pre-Service English Education Program (pg. 80)
Coronado/Veracruz Exhibition Hall
C. 22: Putting Art into Language Arts
E. 34: Beyond Graphic Novelty: Transforming the Hype into Powerful Practice
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
- Have I made an impact in my students' lives?
- Will they remember what I've taught them?
- Will they take information from my class and apply it elsewhere?
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
That's kind of what it feels like to have my internship with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Right now I'm planning their summer Teacher Institute, which is basically five 1-week residential seminars where teachers can earn 45 professional development hours and learn new content to help them in the classroom. You can go to www.njch.org/teacher_seminars.html for more information about the program. It seems really worthwhile, and I definitely want to attend a seminar one day now that I've seen all the planning that goes into it.
Thus far, I have contacted publishing companies to order bulk quantities of all the free textbooks and novels that the teachers will receive. Each teacher receives about $80 worth of free materials, which is just amazing, since it only costs each teacher $100 to attend the seminar. I think that contacting the publishing companies has been my favorite activity so far. Right now I'm in the process of assembling other shorter reading packets, as well as planning the individual field trips for each seminar. I'm looking forward to my next project when I go back to work after Memorial Day.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
All joking aside, I even incorporated unique punctuation style into my final paper for my LIT 499 class (see previous entry). Hopefully, by experimenting with punctuation--and by trying new punctuating techniques--my writing will sound more sophiscated. Imagine that! More sophiscated writing just by adding a few marks.
After this semester I will be sure to continue to include interesting punctuation into my writing--and you can bet that next semester while I'm student teaching, I will teach minilessons on using punctuation with my middle school students. Who knows what the future will have in store for punctuation in my life???
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
My trip to St. Louis with Sigma Tau Delta was one of the most memorable experiences I've had, since being inducted into the Sigma Tau Delta organization in October 2008. The below picture is the view from our hotel, the Hyatt Regency. This trip constituted a great many firsts for me: first time on a jet, first time in St. Louis, first time seeing the Mississippi River, first time presenting an academic paper.
Below is the picture of the "Mills 4" room, in which I presented my paper, "Beyond Personification: Analyzing 124 Bluestone in Toni Morrison's Beloved." I was intimidated by the amount of chairs set up in the room, but the audience was actually very welcoming and I enjoyed the Question-and-Answer session, because the audience members asked thought-provoking questions that enhanced the discussion of my paper.
After attending two sessions on the first day, a small group of us explored the streets surrounding our hotel. We took scenic pictures, like the one I took below at Citygarden, an outdoor sculpture park. And of course, like the English majors that we are, we found an independent bookstore, and of course made a few purchases. I bought a fictional memoir called, After the Workshop by John McNally. I'll blog a review of that book after I finish reading it.
And lastly, of course, I cannot forget to include a picture of our lovely group with our lovely sponsors, without whom I never would have made it to St. Louis. In my opinion, unless you put your effort and energy into something, you can't expect to gain anything from the experience. The people I went to the conference with made the most of their time in St. Louis, and without them I would not have had as memorable an experience. I hope that our trip to next year's conference in Pittsburgh, PA is going to be even more rewarding.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
My chapter of Sigma Tau Delta has inspired me to begin writing my own blog, especially since I will be embarking on that wonderful topsy, turvy journey of student teaching in the fall. I feel as if a blog will be a catharsis after a long day of teaching and lesson plan-making. I'm probably going to look back on this post and laugh at my naivete, because chances are I will have very little free time to actually blog.
In my experience, a person only learns and matures and grows by actually participating in something. Hopefully my blog will be a way to track changes I have made, in regard to both my pedagogical mission and my morals in general.
So here I go! I'm casting my net, jumping out of the plane, diving into the water. Get from this blog what you may...happy reading :)