Google Doc: How To Read A Book
Blogger John Michael Morgan has a very utilitarian view of reading. He reads a lot. He reads with a purpose. I wonder how students would respond to his advice and his sense of purpose when he reads?
I suspect he might speak to / for a number of our students, but I’d also hope some students would be able to present an alternative point of view.
ESPN 6 Things You Should Know About…
Here’s a text form that might engage your students and provide them with a platform to introduce themselves to you. ESPN Magazine runs an occasional feature that presents the essential “things” you need to know in order to understand a person. The link is a collection of articles featuring:
- Carlos “Pablo” Cosby, Bodyguard for Terrell Owens
- Norm Chryst, 24-year tennis tournament umpire
- Jill Craybas, currently 63rd on the WTA Tour
- Tom “Tsquared” Taylor, a professional video game player
Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
Ishmael Beah article
Great text for grade 11/12. Rich source for further research and critical analysis.
A great blog posting about what an aspiring writer has learned from her reading…
“I write every day and I read every day, because Stephen King said to do so in his book On Writing. I used to not allow myself read fiction, I used to read books about writing. I thought reading a lot of fiction was a waste of time. I was wrong, very very wrong. So I’ve abandoned reading books about writing (King’s On Writing being the exception), and started reading novels exclusively. And, you know what? I’m learning more about writing by reading actual fiction! The more different books by different authors I read, the more I start seeing patterns everywhere – in story, dialogue, beginnings, endings, character development, descriptions, plot, you name it.”
Become a better writer by reading…
21st Century English
The question was: “What does 21st Century English look like?” This is what Kerry Sagar and I came up with…