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Possessives are so tricky until you really learn the rules, and even then it is easy to get confused by so many irregular nouns. Possessive apostrophes are different from regular apostrophes, and...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2013, 11:53 pm (UTC)

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I'm with jk180 on the best way to cite multiple pages in a single paragraph. I also agree that students often overuse direct quotations, probably because they feel they can't say it better...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2010, 11:12 pm (UTC)

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I would add something fun such as You Can't Take it With You by George Kaufman. It is truly laugh out loud funny, and yet ties into common themes such as the importance of family and the...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2010, 4:46 pm (UTC)

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You can use this as an inspirational piece to get students to write similar poems. They can write about simple everyday life, or about family members or loved ones. It reinforces the idea that...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 11:29 am (UTC)

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I have not taught science fiction, although recently I have read and enjoyed many of the Star Wars books. There are actually plenty of good science fiction books of high literary quality out...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 9:49 am (UTC)

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I didn’t see if anyone else went here, but is it possible there is a deeper meaning here. Frequently in literature there is both a literal and deeper figurative meaning to the poem. Yes it’s a...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2010, 7:22 pm (UTC)

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I do not think an assessment is accurate unless the student knows what he or she is being assessed on. In my mind, my goal is to help my students to be successful. This is why I create a rubric in...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2011, 8:36 pm (UTC)

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First of all, don't assume that they can write just because they are in honors. I guess it depends on your school. You will, however, be able to teach them to write. For honors I am assuming you...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 2:09 pm (UTC)

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I do not include commas between stanzas. Usually it is spaces. As for how to teach students to indentify rhyme scheme, I have them say the last word in each line out line and begin just by...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 10:03 am (UTC)

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I know journals are very common, but I like to use them as opportunities for students to build writing fluency and also practice writing essays. I choose topics that I might normally ask students...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2011, 6:34 pm (UTC)

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I don't pass out candy regularly. I can't afford it, and I think it's a bad habit to get into. In some cases, though, I think having parties as a class can be fun. Sometimes the parties are...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 1:56 pm (UTC)

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Ahhh. Possessive nouns. My favorite is the possessive pronoun, "its." This word confounds people of all ages. Because we add an apostrophe to a noun to make it possessive, people think that this...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011, 3:50 pm (UTC)

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For a living author, probably Frank McCourt. He has had such an interesting life and has interesting perpsectives on education. For deceased, Emerson. He's my hero. Love all the nonconformist...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2008, 7:05 am (UTC)

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Teaching today is so very difficult (one example,schools holding teachers responsible for student state testing and firing the entire staff if they fail to meet AYP). Teachers that are...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2011, 10:57 am (UTC)

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Students in summer school are often the ones who are not doing well. When I taught 9-10 summer school, I had students keep a spelling log. They recorded words they spelled wrong more than once in...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 1:38 pm (UTC)

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mrsmonica! Have you and I taught in the same building/system and not run into each other?! I'm thinking so. I am not familiar with the books in question, but I, too, am amazed by the idea that some...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2009, 10:57 pm (UTC)

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Saki and James Thurber are some classic old authors that might provide a lot of quality stories for your students. James Thurber is one who seems to be overlooked today, but his tales are well...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2010, 5:35 pm (UTC)

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Something else I have thought about but would love to actually do is get students to roleplay Lady Macbeth meeting with her psychoanalyst - can you imagine it! Would be such a laugh... but would...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2010, 10:50 am (UTC)

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Hi there! Well, as you might have seen, I've not been at all active on eNotes of late. I saw your post about my directing Shakespeare in the Wm. Shakes. group, but I ended up not being able to...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2010, 8:16 am (UTC)

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I like using information from primary sources to supplement the key ideas. For example, I have them look at pictures of southern towns during the Depression. You can also show films depicting the...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2011, 6:42 pm (UTC)

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I really like that Coleridge poem, cybil! I always start teaching meter with John Masefield's "Sea Fever" which has a pleasing change of meter that is easy to spot and can be linked to meaning...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2010, 11:18 am (UTC)

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I think The Dubliner's is going to be a challenge, and as I recall, Three Musketeers is a pretty lengthy read. I would second the above suggestion of Things Fall Apart. It is an easy read, except...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2011, 9:07 pm (UTC)

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So many good ideas for you here so far!! I am blessed to be able to take my students to the library for a day, preparing them ahead of time and assisting them while we're there. I, too, break the...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2011, 10:30 am (UTC)

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I guess I am a good girl. I never deliberately choose not to read something and never used study guides to help me. However, one semester in colleges stands out vividly in my mind. It had to the be...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2011, 11:34 pm (UTC)

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I will second the call for The Book Thief. There are so few resources available for this book! I would also like to see more resources for The Giver, but I know those are being worked on. One of...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 1:15 pm (UTC)

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Show the students an example. Then, go through each part piece by piece. Practice by doing the flow chart as a whole class. Then have them complete one in partners, interviewing each other....

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 10:04 am (UTC)

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While teaching Julius Caesar I really thought that all my students were on board and getting the main points, if not the finer details. On my "explain the significance of the quote" test I put...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2010, 10:15 pm (UTC)

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Your students have very rich lives. Be prepared for some difficult stories. As English teachers, we see into kids' souls. That can be hard. However, use writing as a form of therapy and it may...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 10:07 am (UTC)

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Glad I am not the only person who works in a school where Harry Potter is off limits! How frustrating! Really like the suggestions here, but a quick question, malibrarian, how do your Grade 8...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2010, 1:02 pm (UTC)

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I use movies differently depending on the class I'm teaching. With lower level students, a long book can be particularly daunting; "to kill a mockingbird" seemed overwhelming to my 9th grade...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2011, 11:32 am (UTC)

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There is a saying, "Our friends are our friends often because they make us laugh." This same statement can be applied to teachers. How often have former students greeted teachers and then...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2011, 8:26 am (UTC)

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In response to #10, amy-lepore, do you prefer to teach The Picture of Dorian Gray? And can you tell me a bit more about this film Pact with the Devil? I am going to be teaching this book for the...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2010, 1:06 pm (UTC)

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I frequently photograph my students engaging in laboratory activities such as experiments and dissections and projects. During the year, I compile a slide show with subtitles, narration and music....

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011, 8:56 pm (UTC)

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Although we would not understand her decision today, doing so did solidify her position. It kept her safe. It was very common for kings and queens to make marriages for political alliance. A...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 11:27 am (UTC)

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Wonderful idea - I am just thinking of how to "jazz up" my teaching for next academic year so this came at the right time! Thanks so much again for the service you guys provide and keep up the good...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2010, 3:32 pm (UTC)

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Whenever I teach Shakespeare, I have students act it out. I also do not have them read it silently, ever. We listen to an unabridged audio CD and we watch a fim version, in addition to acting....

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 11:08 am (UTC)

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I was going to say what clairewait said, so I will just add to this. I have taught many graduate classes, and I have had students desperately try to prove that they are smarter than me. My...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2011, 8:29 pm (UTC)

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I also teach American Literature to 11th graders and I really focus the year on literature as a form of social protest, as well as a representation of the multicultural melting pot that is the US...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2008, 11:07 am (UTC)

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I have never done yearbook, but I was in charge of literary magazine this year for the first time. It has been very difficult. The main thing is that you have to be sure you have enough students...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 9:55 am (UTC)

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I like Dickens! But I would really like to experiment with a year focussed on dystopian literature and sci-fi/fantasy, looking at novels like 1984, Brave New World, The Giver, The Wizard of...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2010, 1:24 pm (UTC)

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I have found that being ready to listen helps a lot. For example, one of my 17 year old students just had a baby that lived for two days and then died. I am not sure how to help an adult through...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 10:22 am (UTC)

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I agree with kwoo1213 on this one - I do think that all of the enotes "stuff" is of a very high quality but I find myself using the themes section more than anything else. It is just so useful to...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2010, 1:36 am (UTC)

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There are several etexts available on enotes, and many of them are annotated. Anything out of copyright, I guess. I am looking forward to To Kill a Mockingbird being out of copyright! Hah....

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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I agree with using both the books Bronx Masquerade and Monster for read-aloud, both ask the students to think about kids their own age. I think reading aloud is a good idea if you want to...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2016, 2:44 pm (UTC)

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I also think that the presence of the system itself tends to dissuade students from plagiarizing. I've often overheard conversations about how tough it was when they attended schools that used...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2010, 7:08 pm (UTC)

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I second that enotes resources are invaluable. They will save your life. I would also try Socratic Seminar class discussions, and possibly dialectical journals. One thing that I would focus on...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 11:59 am (UTC)

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My favorite is The Giver. I also like to teach Call of the Wild, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Warriors Don't Cry, Bad Boy, Red Scarf Girl, Anne Frank, A Christmas...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 2:02 pm (UTC)

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I am so glad I am not the only one with these thoughts! A small but influential group in my school has decided that teaching American Literature with the "isms" is dead. (Claims that is what is...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010, 8:01 am (UTC)

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For me it had to be George Eliot's Middlemarch. I may have been daunted, in part, by the sheer weight of the tome -- I was an undergrad with more than a novel to read per week -- this just didn't...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2010, 2:47 pm (UTC)

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Parents that blame the teacher are not doing their children any favors. I have often found that when I listen to parents' concerns and let them vent, they will usually allow me to calmly explain...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2011, 6:37 pm (UTC)

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