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ELA Lesson Plan Resources
ELA Unit Plans
Genre Resources
Grammar Resources
Handouts and Worksheets
Job Search
Learning Theories
Portfolios
Standards and State/National Agencies
Technology Resources
Web authoring tools
Writing Process Resources



ELA Lesson plan Resources (back to top)

Lesson Plan websites
http://edsitement.neh.gov/
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/
http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/teachers/index.cfm
http://www.awesomelibrary.org/Library/Materials_Search/Lesson_Plans/Language_Arts.html

Smagorinsky's Virtual Unit Plan Library
http://www.coe.uga.edu/~smago/VirtualLibrary/index.html


Unit Plans
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Courage in the Midst of Struggle: A Look at the Inequalities of the Past and the Present and How Courage Played a Leading Role - Carrie Baas

Digging Deep: Unearthing the Themes in Holes - Sachar

This unit was designed for a 6th grade classroom and takes place over a 3 week period so the 10 lesson are scattered throughout these 3 weeks and you can fill in the ones not included! :) - Nicole Stein

Oedipus the King - Sophocles

This is pretty structured according to time available in my class, but can be altered so it's longer or shorter. Could also probably be used for other Greek plays. The file follows. I also created all handouts, powerpoints, etc. that the unit plan suggests using, so if anyone wants them let me know and I will forward them to you! There are too many to upload onto here. - Carrie Baas

Survival In Nature: Fiction and Nonfiction ("To Build A Fire", Hatchet, Cast Away, and Literature Circles)
- Caroline Hopkins

Readers as writers, writers and readers
This unit was designed for an 8th grade class and could be extended to fit your schedule. There will need to be workshop days in between these lessons, so you can just add them in when needed. : )
Connecting reading and writing - Jessica Aragona

Speak! Survival issues in teenagers' lives.
- Suzy Zaiter

Personal narrative unit -- teaching students with dyslexia




Genre Resources
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Expository/Persuasive Argument Examples (back to top)
National Public Radio - "This I Believe" position statements
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4538138

NPR podcast on why you shouldn't sag your pants
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4503530

Best American Essays (in the "Best American" series, released every year)
http://www.amazon.com/Best-American-Essays-2006/dp/0618705295

Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience"
http://www.literatureproject.com/civil-disobedience/civil-disobedience.htm

MLK Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech: text and video
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

Editorials from around the world
http://worldnews.about.com/od/newspapereditorials/Featured_Editorials_from_Newspapers_Around_the_World.htm

Editorial/political cartoons
http://cagle.msnbc.com/

Teaching Skimming and Researching Skills
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=1052


Mysteries (back to top)
A website with resources for teaching mysteries - Pete
Teaching Mysteries???


Narrative (back to top)

Format/Author

Professional

Student

Audio
"What to Make of Students' Sexy Clothes"
A teacher-commentator on National Public Radio reflects on her response to American teenage fashion conventions in the classroom. Click here to listen.

"A Child's Christmas in Wales"
One of poet Dylan Thomas' prose works (read by the author in his beautiful Irish voice), in which he describes his own childhood holiday experiences.

"Writing and Speaking Reality"
Teacher Carrie Baas (an MSU 2007 graduate!) helped her students write, record, and share their personal narratives as podcasts. Click here to visit their site (and check out the teaser first lines!). Click here for Carrie's powerpoint.
Image
"Simple Machines"
This comic tells the story of the author's middle school discovery, despite being persecuted for his attention deficit disorder, of how to put his artistic talent to good use.
"High School Parties (Part 2)"
In this online comic, a high school student describes what parties are really like. Click here.
Text
"I'd Never Made Love in Spanish Before"
The title says it all. By author Sandra Cisneros, this is an excerpt from her novel Woman Hollering Creek. Click here to read.

"Kitchen Awareness"
In this excerpt from Bill Buford's Heat, he reflects on how he learned "kitchen awareness" while training in Mario Batali's New York restaurant Babbo. Click this to read.

"Mountain"
Poet-activist, Eli Clare, writes about climbing physical and metaphorical mountains as a transgendered person with a disability. Click here to read excerpts from Exile and Pride.

The Poisonwood Bible
This novel is written from many different points of view (all as first person).
[Jen Harkness]
"Powerful Words That Mean So Much"
A student reflects on the power of language to change people's thoughts and actions in different situations.

"Finding Myself Through Language"
Student Andrea Lo published this essay on her struggles with her dual heritage in the anthology Everything's an Argument. Click this to read.

"Literacy Autobiography"
MSU student Melissa Bierman writes about her experiences with traditional literacy practices of reading and writing, as well as performing arts like Music and Acting. Click here to read.

The Boy with John Travolta Blue Eyes
Tenth-grader Lisa’s voice comes through loud and clear in this model. The use of strong details and dialogue—including the author “talking” to herself—makes this a believable essay about a student’s first high school crush. (from website excerpt) - heckend1 heckend1

The Climb
A high school student's writing sample
[Jen Harkness]
Video
"Untitled"
Saul Ramos, a Mexican-American immigrant, thinks about reconciling two his two languages/cultures in "Untitled". Click here to watch (note: make sure to select the right video on this page--not the one about the little boy!).

And Still I Rise
Maya Angelou's Poem - heckend1 heckend1
"The Thief"
Click here and scroll down to view this story about a boy and his grandfather. It's one of many narratives on this site about students' families' immigration experiences made into digital stories using video/still images, music, and voice-over.
Website
"Writing Research, Process, and Digital Technologies"
An MSU instructor, Dundee Lackey, made this website about learning to write, to do research, and to use technology. Click here to go to the site.
"Digital Literacy Autobiography"
Tina Urbain, another MSU student, takes you on a journey through her childhood experiences with digital technologies. How does her site differ from Grace's? Click hereto go to the site.



Satire Examples (back to top)

A one-page written satire of school and academic subjects in the style of Animal Farm
http://www.janebluestein.com/handouts/animal.html

A visual satire of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq in the form of a Star Wars movie-poster parody
http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/images/blbushgulfwars2.htm

Another satire of the Iraq war delivered through a parody of Macintosh
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=4260

And just to be politically even-handed....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjIfaMwIFxU

A Nike video and parody
http://www.metacafe.com/item24027/nike_freestyle_basketball_video
http://jasonmoore.com/downloadnike.html

Musical parodies (think Weird Al Yankovic)
http://www.amiright.com/parody/performers/


Textual Analysis (back to top)
Models of textual analysis
Strategies/Resources/Ideas for connecting what students already know to form/process of textual analysis

Analysis of Yeats's poem "Sailing to Byzantium" (read the poem here)
Have students explain how they interpret what is "important" on their Facebook home/profile page (which their parents might find opaque and intimidating!); show them that they use Contrast (Bold headings, larger fonts), Repetition (of status post icons, for example), Alignment (into columns, boxes), and Proximity (status updates are grouped together near one's own status update input line) to make sense of the page. Apply these same "C.R.A.P." principles to a more tradition text: what stands out? recurs? divides? goes together?
Scites sample textual analysis of Odyssey
I am in a seventh grade classroom and they do not do very much textual analysis. However, in lab last semester I had the students look at paintings analyze them. I had people volunteer and talk about what they saw. Then we talked about what they really represented and how texts can be viewed in many ways and from many different perspectives. Then the students finger painted. They had to exchange their paintings and write a poem about another students painting from what they saw. Then they got together and talked about what they saw in the painting with the person who painted it and vice versa. This allowed them to practice analysis before moving into the poetry unit.
Davis Sample analysis of Hamlet
At my placement, the students have 20 minutes of 'silent' reading at the beginning of the hour every Tuesday. They loathe this experience and tend to pick from the stack of magazines my mentor teacher has at the back for various other projects. I thought it could be a fruitful experience to examine the magazine cover as a text for analysis. I would ask them to look at the images and text on the cover and 'analyze' the purpose of bolding certain words, of variation in font, or even in the way the person/object on the cover was positioned. This could help with finding important information (like the facebook activity) which correlates to the textual analysis I posted because the quotes are blocked off separate from the rest of the text. More importantly, it would also get them to look at the purpose for the format that can translate to literary texts as well.
Tezak Sample Analysis of Yeats
I am not sure that I would do anything in my placement class, because they are only in 7th grade and don't do a textual analysis. However, in a high school classroom I would teach the lesson that I made for lab last semester where I taught the poem Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy and then we looked at advertisements and talked about gender roles/stereotypes/etc. I would have students use magazine advertisements as a beginning step to analyze the audience and what they are trying to sell and the effect of how they are trying to sell it in this way. The students could do this in groups and share their ad and analysis with the class.
Davidson Sample Analysis of A Doll's House
My sophopmore students haven't really done much with textual analysis yet but I do have an idea of a lesson I could do which would help them compare a children's book to their personal lifes and the play "The Crucible." While the students are reading the crucible we would discuss the themes that are present and the connections that could be made with their personal lives and society. To reinforce this type of analysis I would read the book "Suma The Elephant" with them. After reading the childrens book I would have the students compare the characters in the childrens book to the characters in "The Crucible." What themes are present in both books? What do these books says about society? I think this could generate a good discussion and help the students understand what textual analysis is.
Homant Sample Textual Analysis (Joy Luck Club)
I think that in order to get students to create this type of textual analysis it is important to make sure that students know how to look deeply into a text. In order to make sure that they can do this, I could start with examples of analysis with short videos or commercials. It seems to me that it could be easier for students to see how parts can be broken down when it is presented in video form. After such examples of analysis, it is also important to demonstrate to students what a textual analysis looks like, using examples such as this one, where a student analyzed Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club.
Heckendorn Sample Analysis: Shakespeare analysis
For textual analysis, I have done many essays and papers, however, I have not done much analysis with pop culture. I think it would be incredible to do analysis of pop culture icons and advertisements. In one class in college, we analyzed the copy of many different advertisements. This textual analysis was an authentic learning experience because I really got to figure things out on my own and really got to build learning from my past experiences. It was incredible, so that is one idea I have - taking many ads and analyzing their copy compared with the ad's image.

I think it is important for us to give our students the tools or knowledge of analysis and strategic ways in which to analyze a text.

I would also love to do analysis of lyrics - maybe Lupe Fiasco...

Lastly, I taught part of the "Three Blind Mice" activity at my placement. This was a form of textual analysis done in a very kinesthetic learning fashion. Some of the students really got into it and loved the group work, others did not. I also think it is interesting that we do not have to have students write to do an analysis. This idea enforces my research question about group work and authentic learning and assessment in groups. By learning from one another in groups, an analysis can be a little more well-rounded by the fact that students can pull together all their perspectives.
Purcell Sample Analysis: Thatcher and Reagan Speeches
My students don't do any textual analysis past reading exactly what the words are telling them. They know about plot, characters and setting but can not see past that yet. This is mostly because they are sixth graders.
I have done analysis through essays and papers for classes and have had some incredible discussions about pop culture in some of my more recent classes. We worked with the idea of popular music and what it is telling the consumers of the songs to do, think, say. We also talked about Disney and how they are shaping young minds, sometimes not for the better.
I am also tutoring someone in TE250. She has a paper due about her cultural autobiography; more or less explaining what makes her who she is today. I am trying to have her see the connection between the events or circumstances that occurred, the people that were around and where she was to make an argument for why she is the way she is now. We have been reading into a lot of things that happened throughout her life both through text and events.
Carlisi Sample textual analysis: Story of Agnes
I am in a 8th grade classroom and the only textual analysis I have seen them do is when I taught a lesson. I read a poem to the students and had them underline what they thought was important or stood out. I then asked the students to explain why they chose what they did. For 8th graders I got some pretty insightful responses. At first they seemed weird about answering the why part of the question, but loosened up after they realized that they knew what they were doing. I think poetry would be a great starter activity for textual analysis because it is usually a shorter text and often easier to find evidence in. This activity definitely pushed them, but I think it was a good preparation activity for when they start doing textual analysis in high school. I think lyrics would be another good way to introduce textual analysis because music is something that most kids are immersed in everyday. This would show them how textual analysis is relevant to their lives. I think it would be interesting to see the differing opinions of the students on a song they listen to everyday; at first I don't think they would really realize what they were doing textual analysis, so I think it would be a less threatening, fun approach to it.
Ross Sample Textual Analysis: The Odyssey
While the student who wrote this sample piece is a college student, I think that this type of assignment can be completed in a high school classroom. The student used an online digital library to gather his resources as well as pulling quotes from the primary text (The Odyssey). Even though this is a difficult text to read, as well as forming your own analysis, it's do-able. Having the ability to teach the students how to break a down a text, and then using outside resources to support their claim is extremely beneficial to their learning. This approach can be useful in a couple of ways. One, the students are already familiar with the Internet (probably more so than I am.) Allowing them to use a resrouce that they are already comfortable with, will less the stakes a bit. While they might have a difficult time relating with the written text, they may be able to peruse the Internet and find a version of the story written more for their own personal understanding.
Hedrick: Outline for Quest Theme Analysis
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Parr Sample Textual Analysis
Students at my placement do not really write textual analysis, at least from what I've seen. (I missed the very end of their last semester at DeWitt, and when I came back from break there were new students) However, I think that ALL students can benefit from strategies used in textual analysis. Taking elements of a text, whether it be a book, movie, image, etc., and breaking it down into parts, and being critical about those parts, only teaches students to be more critically aware of what's around them, and they become better citizens because of this. These students are not afraid to question things and they do not take everything at face value, which is a skill/trait of a responsible citizen/consumer.
Pawelski Odyssey
My students haven’t worked on a specific textual analysis piece yet. However, they have done literary analysis papers. They have studied different literary eras and then had to analyze an author’s writing to determine what era their author was writing in and show evidence to back it up. I could use this assignment and compare it to textual analysis to help explain to concept. They understand the analysis part, which could be the more difficult part. I would just have to change the genres. I think that showing examples, such as The Odyssey textual analysis would help them grasp the idea. I would like to have them choose one of their favorite books and do a textual analysis on it. I think it would be beneficiary to them to take something they are familiar with and break it down. Perhaps they are already textually analyzing something, but just don’t know it yet. I think it is an important genre for students to know.
McCracken
In my placement there is an analysis of tshirt slogans as a way to show how words can portray misconceptions about identity. I thought a nice addition to this would be for students to create their own tshirt slogans and then, in turn, analyze one another’s to see the meaning in the slogans that they would choose to wear on their shirt.

Menger. Sample literary analysis from hs students (scroll down to see)
In my 7th grade English placement there hasn't been much textual analysis going on that I have seen so far. They've responded to particular prompts that required them to use evidence from their reading, however. This skill would be one to remind them of when teaching them about textual analysis. I think that my students would really benefit from being more critical in the classroom. I think that it would be nice to talk about images and media critically and analyze those before moving on to textual analysis. Since students interact with advertisements and tv on a regular basis(in fact, they are bombarded with this media!) I think that it would be a good way to catch their interest and to help them gain confidence with something that they already are familiar with.
Ferguson:Merchant of Venice
I'm not 100% sure how much textual analysis the students in my classes have done. They have completed some very interesting assignments and there is one that I think could be closely linked to a textual analysis assignment. The 11th graders I'm working with are finishing up with "Huck Finn". For their writing assignment they were to look at old written reviews on the text and then compare and contrast those views with their own opinions. From there they wrote another paper discussing the cultural implications that society may influence given the time read. For the most part, my mentor teacher tends to have the students compare literature before coming up with their own opinions on texts.
Rehim: Sample text analyis: TV Show review
From what I've seen in the last month and a half in my placement, there really isn't a strong focus on textual analysis right now. They've done one assignment that I've seen that can be said to utilize the technique, and that was to write a newspaper article in regards to an event from The Outsiders. Other than that, I think I have some ideas that would work well for their age group and level (9th grade). I posted a TV show review (it's more of a recap, but it the writers - who are paid and thus, professionals - throw their opinions and other references in everywhere) because I think it could correlate to some fun class activities. It's funny and on a totally light-hearted subject, but it's still a textual analysis based on our definitions.I thought 9th graders REALLY love to tell you what they think of things, so something along the lines of a television or movie review as a fun intro activity would be great I think...and once they're familiar with the technique, write a review of the text being covered in class. Something else could be something along the lines of that spoof preview for "The Shining" you showed in class. Essentially, that shows how different interpretations of things can be made by altering the way you present it and thus, think about it. I thought students could do this with a class text...turn a Shakespearean tragedy into a comedy (or vice versa) using screen magic or writing. Those are a few of my ideas.
Harkness AP English Essay
More Samples
The students in my placement have worked with textual analysis when reading The Odyssey, but not much beyond that. They can do an analysis without labeling it as such because they have interpreted advertisements and made inferences about movies based on their movie posters. This makes me believe a good way to go about helping them understand textual analysis is by starting with familiar texts, a familiar form of analysis, and then combining them in a more “academic” sense. The sample I found is an analysis regarding the use of school sponsorships and corporations. This gives a sample of the form to use when creating an argument/analysis and how to support the statements.
Benoit: Sample Textual Analysis: Obama Speech
The students in my class are at a 9th grade level. I wanted to do something they would find interesting and engaging. I think doing something like this, looking at a current event and dissecting it would really be something they would enjoy and learn from. I also was thinking about having them each bring in a political cartoon and write about what is going on in the piece. I would explain these cartoons are easily accessible and readily available in libraries, newspapers, and magazines. We would talk about things like symbolism, themes, and imagery so they could use it in their responses. They would have to write about why it's relevent to current events and talk about the implications of the cartoon. How does it affect people when they see this? What is the artist trying to say? I would ask them to relate it to their own lives or how they feel about it as well. After they wrote their response, I would have them present it to the class. I think it would be a great way for them to start being critical of things they are exposed to every day. They are at an age where they need to be questioning things around them and know how they are impacted by media. By having them start with a cartoon, they can see how much there is to analyze with only a picture. I think this would be a great lead-in to a textual analysis unit or even just something to do once a week as a bell-work activity.
Saidoo: SampleTextualAnalysis
A strategy to get students to analyze a text that I would use in the classroom would be the Migrant Mother photograph. Hannah and I used this image and its multiple backgrounds to get students to really think about what just one image can say about a person, a time period, a group of people, etc. This exercise helped students to think about why the photo was taken, what it means to think the photo was for real or if it was posed. Does it make a difference? Why? It was cool to hear their responses and a great way to start thinking about questioning what you see around you in newspapers, magazines, etc. How do you know it is real or not?
Megan:

The first and probably most basic strategy for getting students to start thinking critically about a text would be to hold a discussion about the text or sometime similar, it might be good to start with something they are pretty familiar with. Ask questions that get them thinking on a deeper level. My placement is 7th grade language arts and I never see the students engaging in any textual analysis. They read the novels, the teacher translates what they don't understand in layman's terms, and then they take a test that asks questions of content. I think in order to get our students to be able to analyze a text readily, we need to constantly be asking them to do this in the classroom. This will bring awareness to them not only in their english class, but hopefully they will no longer be passive consumers of our society. I think to get started, we should ask them to question social values and customs they are so used to. After we get them thinking, we definitely need to get them writing. They need to start putting their ideas down on paper and they need to be able to go back and revise their ideas, add evidence. This is a lesson that needs a great deal of scaffolding and its also a lesson that can last the whole school year.
Hannah Nagi
Textual Analysis of Media
First off I would probably have my students view the text for what it is and not attempt to understand why it is what it is. Doing so I would either have them write about it or we could discuss it as a class. Next I would have them dig into the text for deeper meaning. I would do so by giving them guiding questions and making sure that they are attempting to apply their findings to a real world context. This could also be done through writing or disucssion. Other ways that I could engage my students in analysis is by presenting them with mundane texts and asking them to making meaning of it. Also, I think it would help to use graphic organizers of some kind or to give them guiding questions so they know which direction they should be taking. I suppose when I analyze certain texts with my students I will just simply ask them to find or make meaning for themselves; therefore I would not consider any answer to be wrong or unacceptable. :)
Laura Mamassian
Lyrical Textual Analysis
This particular textual analysis has to do with analyzing what the meaning of the lyrics of Ironic by Alanis Morissette really mean. As for my placement, the students don't critically analyze anything beyond what it literally on the page. This is because they are in 6th grade. I see this being a tool that more high school students would use than middler schoolers. At a more basic level, you could have middle schools interpret a short poem or a small passage of something or a commercial and perhaps go line by line. Textual analysis could be really fun with song lyrics too like the sample that I stumbled upon online. I think my 6th graders at Otto would really love this activity if I did it with songs that are familiar to them or that are current. The only thing that would be a challenge would be to find current songs that they listen to that are on the radio that are school appropriate.
VanHorssen

Wikipedia: The Walrus and the Carpenter

Wikipedia: I am the Walrus
The students in my placement have done an analysis of nursery rhymes. In an effort to make the lesson more interesting, my placement teacher and I decided to add to the lesson and allow students to examine the poem The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carol and compare it to the Beatles song, I am the Walrus. Because it is a broad assignment to focus on the entirety of the poem and the song, we attempted to focus the students particularly on perspectives.
While the the students in my placement used these texts for a unit about perspectives, I would like to use the poem and song to allow students analyze aspects outside of perspectives. I think a good way to preface such an assignment for students would be to show them a wikipedia entry. I feel that the entry includes a format that is easy to follow and allows students to see how common textual analysis is.
Light Sample Textual Analysis: High School Musical
I am in an 11th grade American Literature class as well as a remedial 9th grade English classroom. I thought that this example of a textual analysis could be applied to either class. I love that it incorporates popular culture (High School Musical) because I know many students, mostly the freshmen, are into that movie. I feel it incorporates aspects of extracurriculars, such as a drama and muscials, that many students may be involved in or be passionate about. I also love that this textual analysis incorporates a different form of text: a song. If students can see that textual analysis can be done in all different forms, with different types of texts, I think the skills they learn while writing a textual analysis can be applied to their every day lives (being critical, questioning texts, supporting their arguments with evidence, making a claim, etc.). This example of textual analysis would be applicable in both of the high school classes I am in for my placement for those reasons. My mentor is constantly giving them different options and other forms of completing an assignment (making a posterboard, movie, song lyrics, poems, etc.) in place of a traditional paper. This is something students enjoy doing and I think, although this example isn't a textual anaylsis in a different form other than the written word, it definitely can show students that they can take nontraditional forms of text (like song lyrics) to write a textual analysis. Because my mentor teacher already scaffolds them in doing alternative forms of assessment, I think both classes would enjoy doing a textual analysis like my example here.
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Grammar Resources
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Teach Grammar in 5 minutes! - Suzy


Handouts and Worksheets
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Suggestion: To make this user-friendly, insert your additions in alphabetical order and annotate with suggestions about grade level, usage, etc. To "sign" your additions, put three tildes (the squiggly line at the top left of your keyboard) after your addition.

"The House on Mango Street"
http://urbandreams.ousd.k12.ca.us/lessonplans/mango_street2/resources.htm
This lesson plan and activities are very useful and age/interest appropriate for teenagers. - Suzy

"The Scarlet Ibis"

lesson on symbolism, but can be altered for other short stories as well - Allie

Index Card Story

This is a good "filler" assignment. We used it the same day our kids took the Pre-ACT and they loved it. It's also a great activity for a creative writing assignment, etc. Some of you may remember it from lab last year. - Allie


Job Search Resources
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Frequently asked questions about preparing for a teaching job interview

FAQ

Links to certification requirements for all 50 states
http://www.uky.edu/Education /TEP/usacert.html



Overview of various learning theories
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http://www.funderstanding.com/about_learning.cfm


Portfolios and Portfolio Resources (back to top)

Lyndsey Ferguson's Portfolio


Amanda Carlisi's Portfolio


Standards and State/National Agencies
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National Council for Teachers of English/International Reading Association Standards
http://www.ncte.org/about/over/standards/110846.htm

Michigan Department of Education English Language Arts Standards
http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-28753---,00.html

Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs - pronounced "glicks")
http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-28753_33232---,00.html

Michigan Council for Teachers of English
http://www.msu.edu/user/mcte/

Michigan Department of Education
http://www.michigan.gov/mde

Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification
http://www.mttc.nesinc.com/

United States Department of Education
http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml

National Reading Conference
http://www.nrconline.org/

International Reading Association
http://www.reading.org/

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
http://www.tesol.org/

National Writing Project
www.nationalwritingproject.org


Technology Resources (back to top)
Audacity
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Free audio recorder/editor - - sherrymi sherrymi

Divshare - Online file hosting
http://www.divshare.com/ - - sherrymi sherrymi

Elements of Online Texts
http://www.inms.umn.edu/Elements/index.php
This site links to explanations and examples of the elements of online texts: Media, Action, Relationship, Context, and Communication. - sherrymi sherrymi

iMovie - video editing program that comes with all MACs


Jing - Video capture of your desktop
http://www.jingproject.com/
Capture video/images of what you do on your screen - - sherrymi sherrymi

Jumpcut- Online video editing
http://www.jumpcut.com/
Upload, edit, and share video using online software - - sherrymi sherrymi

MediaCoder
http://mediacoder.sourceforge.net/
Translate one file format to another for free - - sherrymi sherrymi

Music/Genre
http://www.pandora.com/
This is a free online radio station based on the "If you like this, then you might like..." principle. Put in your favorite artist, song, or type of music and create your own station that plays only that kind of thing. A way to teach the idea that things in the same genre can share characterics and still be different. - sherrymi sherrymi

Podcasting
http://eng313podcasts.pbwiki.com/Podcast%20Tutorial - Ray, Kelly, Christina (ENG 313)

Screenhunter- screen capture for grabbing images from websites, etc.
Mike's tutorial:

VoiceThread - Online image/video annotation social networking program


Western, Marilyn (teacher website from Michigan Technology Teacher of the Year)
http://www.edzone.net/%7Emwestern/stuff.html

Windows Movie Maker - video editing program that come with all PCs



Website tools (back to top)
Overview of how websites work, how to plan one, and how to use your MSU AFS space


NVu- Free editing program for creating one's own website

Weebly - Create your own site using ready-made templates and widgets

Wetpaint- Create your own site with embedded discussion forums using ready-made templates and widgets



Writing Process Resources
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Prewriting
Megan Firestone's 313 Project:


Writing Historical Fiction
http://www.greece.k12.ny.us/ath/library/webquests/backintime/default.htm
-Historical Fiction Webquest, using directed research to allow students to quickly learn about an event, and then put themselves into it.


Peer review

Composing in Digital Environments
Podcasting
http://eng313podcasts.pbwiki.com/Podcast%20Tutorial - Ray, Kelly, Christina (ENG 313)


Model Narratives
Starr's:
Sample Student Narrative
Sample Professional Narrative

Liz's:
Student Text
Other Text

Melissa's:
Student Example
Professional Example

Ashley R:
Student Example
Professional Example

Sarah Menger:
Student Example
Professional Example (Neil Gaiman's blog)

Katie Purcell
Student Example
Professional Example

Karly Scites
student example podcast -- "My Life: Radio essay"
Movie: The Notebook excerpt

Laura Mamassian
Student Narrative
Professional Narrative

Stacy Coleman
Student Narrative
Professional Narrative

Stephanie Davis:
Student Narrative
Professional Example

Julie McCracken:
Professional Narrative
Student Narrative

Heather Parr:
Student example
Professional example

Lyndsey Ferguson:
Student Narrative
Professional Narrative

Katie Hedrick:
Student Narrative
Professional Narrative

Erica Saidoo
Student Example
Professional Example

Sarah Rehim
Student Example
Professional Narrative (from the film "A Time To Kill")


Caroline Pawelski
http://www.thewritesource.com/studentmodels/wi-smoking.htm
|http://alfred.vassar.edu:9080/roseman/groups-individual-pages/seiji-hayashi/biography-professional-narrative]]

Amanda Carlisi
Student Example
Professional Example


Megan McClain
student narrative:

professional narrative:


Heather HomantStudent NarrativeProfessional Narrative

Emily Mullins
Student Personal Narrative Example
Professional Personal Narrative Example

Hannah Nagi
Student Personal Narrative
Professional Personal Narrative




TE 408 Movies






Megan and Melissa's iMovie narrative.