Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
Write anonymous questions for "Dear Know-It-All," an imaginary advice columnist. Then respond to one question in the form of a letter.
Book Buddies read together and write down responses. They join another pair and use their diverse responses as springboards for conversation.
These activities are designed to help pupils focus and develop their thinking about the literature which enriches the discussions.
See the setting through visualization and drawing. Hear the dialogue by playing "Who am I?"
Understand Ceremony in the context of the “monomyth,” as defined by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
Visit a cultural center to see artifacts and hear first-person accounts of the victimization of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Help students understand the political underpinnings of Abiodun Oyewole's spoken word poetry and learn how to express their own political beliefs.
Make connections between newspaper articles and issues Butler raises in the book. Encourage students to involve themselves politically by writing letters that call for social justice.
Discuss the Chinese practice of footbinding and then explore how contemporary American women suffer to make themselves conform to society's standards of beauty.
Compare trickster figures in this poem with the same type of character in other literature.
Use family photographs to contextualize the familial experience of Momaday's work, and to respond through creative writing.
Immerse students in Asian American culture with a class trip to Chinatown in Los Angeles. Create Japanese renga poems to describe the experience.
Learn about current events, develop opinions about them, and then express and support those opinions in writing.
Focus on the ideas and questions of the class as they discuss the literature. Multiple interpretations are encouraged.
Adapt any literary text to this generic lesson which reflects the key tenets of the envisionment-building approach.
Literature and extension activities are connected thematically as students examine issues related to government limits and individual rights.
Construct a maze and conduct time trials. Introduce the Rorcshach tests and make samples. Create a visual representation or “Body Biography” of one of the characters.
Demonstrate sound and effective language. Experiment with writing poems and sharing with younger students.
Record personal responses to independently chosen reading material to develop understanding. Enrich this understanding with class discussion, visual transmediation and various other activities.
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