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Reading Strategy - Literature Circles

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

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 extended activities. Great alternative to round robin reading. This strategy allows students to take charge of their learning!

Vocabulary Strategy for reading

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

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 ()

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 underlining or highlighting.

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 ()

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 not only the physical abokde of the protagonists, bu also an extension of the charactres themselves. poe and gilman both use the parallelism between the house and the characters to accentuate the physical state-deep-seated mental disorder and personality traits of these protagonists.

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

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

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 rude and abrasivve to the aged patron.The youthful waiter tells the older waiter that the old man  stays too late, gets intoxicated and once attempted suicide suicide a few weeks before. He states that the old man had no reason to do so but seems to have too much money. However, he needs  the time and extra free hour to complete his marital duties.

The middle aged waiter sadly comments that youth has everything in his favor,  youth and confidence. the young man scoffs at his complaints. The older waiter talks about his desire to sit up late and his love of a clean and well lit cafe. The other waiters departure makes the older waiter  muse and mumble in half spanish on the emptiness of life. he repaeated uses the word "nada" in his musings suggesting his  alienation from God and Christianity and a spiriual force and a possible atheism. The story then switches to an all night pubwhere we see the middle-aged waiter drinking and commenting on the uncleanliness of bar though it is well lit. He expresses his preference for his bar which is relaxing.

Hemmingway uses the two waiters to represent age and youth, the cylce of life, the mental state, needs and attitudes of both groups. The lonely depressed rich and poor are represented by the aged patron and youthful waiter. The young waiter is symbolic of the impulsive, selfish youth who does not look beyond the present. the youth never understands the older generation and their needs.  


Need ideas to promote Literacy in school?

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

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 February! Check the NCTE site.

Host a read-in at your school site including Black diaspora writings annually. Your audience? your intensive reading and regular kids and faculty. Presenters?  Students, faculty and staff. Hispanic Heritage month is also a great literary occassion.

 And of course, invite local writers or school site authors for a panel discussion during Black History month, Hispanic Heritaget Month and to a schoolwide one community one book presentation.

Technology? Utilize students' love of and skills with technology. Have students create newspapers from their various reads, a literary book club presentation on the closed- circuit television, powerpoint book report presentations. 

 Let students turn a book into a play by writing their scripts and dramatizing it  for the school community.

Get students involved!

Want to Keep kids reading?

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

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 interesting, grade level, and currently published books matching films such as Twilight etc in your classrooms.Also display magazines and graphic novels. What better motivation than to allow them to read what they like to read?