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Reading Strategy - Literature Circles

Posted by Blossome Allen on April 27, 2012 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (18)

Here is a strategy that allows each student in a group reading the same book to participate constructively. Literature Cirlcles will allow students to work with all reading skills- main idea, vocabulary, making connections to books, community, self, summarizing, oral discussion, prediction, research skills, visualizing, questioning. Started by Harvey Daniels. Just google Literature Circles and you will find a mint of role sheets and management sheets  to run your literature circles with ...

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Vocabulary Strategy for reading

Posted by Blossome Allen on April 27, 2012 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (17)

Vocabulary strategy does not only include context clues, which is very difficult to use by struggling readers. Use structural analysis or word parts to help students break down polysyllabic words. Teach common prefixes, roots and suffixes. Create games with these word parts to reinforce learning. Create a  jeopardy, board games. Websites such as www.fcrr.org provides various board games.

Reading Strategy for Comprehension

Posted by Blossome Allen on April 27, 2012 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (5)

Here is a great strategy for assisting students in getting the main idea of a paragraph or sentence.

W I N = W- who or what is most important in the paragraph

               I - important information about the who or what

              N - write a one sentence summary in 10 words or more of the information.

Use this strategy with under...

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The Use of Parallelism in "The House fo Usher" and "The Yellow Wallpaper"

Posted by Blossome Allen on December 23, 2010 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (1)

In the short story "The Fall of the House of USher" by Edgar Allen Poe, the writer, presents a recluse whose hypochondria isloates him from socieity and results in his progressive dementia.  Charlotte Perkins-gilman, the feminist writer, also used the theme of dementia in her story fo the Yellow Wallpaper". it tessls of a young mother whose post -partum deperession culminates in total insanity under the oppressive influence of her hsband and docktor. the house in both stories  are n...

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Perspective on "A Well Lighted Place" By Ernest Hemmingway?

Posted by Blossome Allen on December 23, 2010 at 6:13 PM Comments comments (5)

The story is set, first in a quiet cafe and later in an all night pub after midnight ina Spanish neighborhood. the main characters are two nameless waiters, one young impatient and the other an older lonely waiter with an old deaf patron of the cafe. the patron is a regular customer who is not only deaf and aged butdepressed about life. He is the last custorme and the young waiter is rearing to exxit the cafe. eventhough it is an hour before closing time. his desire to leave makes him ru...

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Need ideas to promote Literacy in school?

Posted by Blossome Allen on November 9, 2010 at 4:53 AM Comments comments (2)

Teachers and reading advocates, encourage your students to read by sharing the books you read with your students. Also, plan a school-site book fair (check scholastic or make your own, take your students to a local book fair, sponsor a school-wide/class book club and invite Administration participation. Miami residents, the local book fair, Miami Book Fair International is during November, check the web.

In addition, do not forget the National African American Read-in Chain in Feb...

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Want to Keep kids reading?

Posted by Blossome Allen on November 3, 2010 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (1)

How can teachers motivate students to read more?

It is the frequent complaint of teachers, especially at the secondary level. Many studies have given various suggestions and programs have been devised. It is my personal belief that students need to be around others who read, share what they read and read what interests them. So, the first motivator is in the home and then with teachers in school. Share your own readings with your students. Display interesti...

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