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Monday, February 8, 2016

Taking the Play to the NEXT LEVEL: Writing a Review for The Little Lion


Students will be asked to put pencil to paper and write a review of The Little Lion.  First, we will examine the review of the play in The Richmond Times Dispatch, and then start creating our own!  Look for more to come on writing reviews!




Theater review: 'The Little Lion': How smug we are to think that any of the seven deadly sins — pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth — might ever apply to us.


Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here


Persuasive Techniques: Commericals that Make Your Point!




Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Her

Reflecting on the Playwright, Irene's Ziegler's Visit: What Was the TAKEAWAY



Ms. Ziegler,
Thank you for coming to visit us!  After reflecting on your visit, I realized that I learned that if you strive for what you want you can achieve it.  Thank you for coming!  JB

Thank you, Ms. Ziegler, for coming to talk to us.  I learned that it takes much preparation and training to be an actor.   I also learned you don't have to be a movie star to carve out a solid career as an actor. RC


Thank you for coming to talk with us, Ms. Ziegler.  What I learned from your visit is that if you want something you have to work hard to make it happen.  TMS


Thank you, Ms. Ziegler, for coming.  I learned lots of things about acting.  I am looking forward to seeing you play, The Little Lion!  CD

How do you make Teaching Drama come alive?

Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Persuasive Techiques and Advertisements


Do you use commercials to teach persuasive techniques?  I do, here is one of my favorites. Using ads student can relate to works and it gets students excited about the unit!  

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HOW DO YOU TEACH PERSUASIVE TECHNIQUES?






Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Visit From the Playwright of The Little Lion


Our study of drama just keeps getting better this year. Not only are we going to see THE LITTLE LION at the Swift Creek Mill Theatre, but the PLAYWRIGHT paid us a visit as well.  She is the multi-talented Irene Ziegler, who writes books, acts, and writes plays!  As I said before combining the study of drama with the "authentic theater experience" make this unit priceless. Irene came and gave students the inside scoop on what it is like to take a true story and develop the nonfiction book into a play. She also made student use those DRAMA terms as she explored the comparison of the book Izzy's Fire to the play, The Little Lion..Whooh... what a great reward!  Thank you, Irene Ziegler!

How do you make Teaching Drama come alive?

Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here



Making Drama Come Alive!


Each year at this time it is with great excitement and anticipation that I close our study of Drama by attending a LIVE performance.  Each year the play changes but the awe that a LIVE performance brings to my students is always the same. Combining the study of drama in our textbook with the "authentic theater experience" is priceless. We are lucky to have a local theater in our area, Swift Creek Mill Theatre, and they do a fabulous job of offering school performances of various productions.  This year their production of The Little Lion works not only for the DRAMA unit but also with our BIG PBL Unit. Again, attending a live theatre performance makes the words on the page come alive, and with all that hard work of learning all  those drama terms...Whooh... what a great reward!  







How do you make Teaching Drama come alive?

Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

TEXT STRUCTURES



I've found TEXT STRUCTURES hard to teach.  However, this year we did it differently.  I not only used the E Workheets PowerPoints and Worksheets, but we also made fun Mini-TEXT STRUCTURE BOOKLETS.







HOW DO YOU TEACH TEXT STRUCTURES? WE'D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR IDEAS!

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Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here


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