Category Archive: Reading Skills

Feb 15

Inverted Pyramid Story

Inverted Pyramid Story What is an Inverted Pyramid Story? News reporters use Inverted Pyramid Stories to relay information quickly to readers. Both newspapers and web writers use this approach. News is written in order of importance. The most essential information is placed in the lead paragraph. The purpose for writing using this method is to …

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Jan 29

Wish by Barbara O’Connor Teaching Activities

Wish by Barbara O’Connor After seeing a cardinal, close your eyes, spit three times, and make a wish. — You can make a wish if you clap three times before crossing a state line. — You can make a wish if you see a camel-shaped cloud. The Story These are just a few of the unusual things …

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Jan 25

Silhouette Characterization – A Teaching Strategy

Silhouette Characterization   This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students.  Instructions Click here to download the printable.  Option 1 – Print the silhouettes found on page 8 on heavyweight paper. Cut out the patterns. Students trace the character onto …

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Dec 28

Prefix Teaching Activities and Ideas

Prefixes The English Language English is a mix of several languages including French, Italian, Greek and Latin, Vietnamese and so on. This makes the number of words linguists estimate the English language to have extremely large —- approximately one million words. About 170,000 of these words are in current use. The average adult English speaker …

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Nov 13

The Secret Garden – Chapter 17 A Tantrum

  The audio file for Chapter 17 “A Tantrum” is 13 minutes 09 seconds in length.   Handouts   The Secret Garden Chapter 17 A Tantrum She had got up very early in the morning and had worked hard in the garden and she was tired and sleepy, so as soon as Martha had brought her supper …

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Oct 19

Semantic Maps – A Teaching Strategy

Semantic Maps – A Teaching Strategy What are Semantic Maps? Like concept webs, semantic webs are a visual organizer that help students structure information. Usually semantic maps are slightly more complex than concept webs.  When to Use Semantic Maps Semantic maps may be used for thousands of skills. Try these ideas: character traits — Students …

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Sep 20

Concept Webs – A Teaching Strategy

Concept Webs – A Teaching Strategy   Since the human brain processes visuals much faster than text, using concept webs is an important learning strategy for students. What is a Concept Web? Concept webs are visual diagrams that connect abstract ideas. Students use these to connect prior knowledge and experiences to new information. To create …

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May 11

Teaching Person vs. Supernatural Conflict with Movie Trailers

  In a person vs. supernatural conflict, a character battles that which is beyond nature. It can’t be explained by natural law. This could be witches, vampires, mythical creatures, and so forth. Examples of Person vs. Supernatural Conflict from Literature Picture Books Vampire Boy’s Good Night  Children’s Literature The Witches The Lion, the Witch and the …

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May 04

Teaching Person vs. Person Conflict with Movie Clips

  In a person vs. person conflict, the conflict is between two forms of like beings. This is often the protagonist versus the antagonist. The conflict may be verbal, physical, or emotional. Examples from Person vs. Person from Literature Picture Books The Ugly Duckling Rumpelstiltskin The Tale of Peter Rabbit Angel Child, Dragon Child Snow White and …

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Apr 27

Person vs. Self Conflict

  In a person vs. self conflict, the main character has a problem within him/herself. This type of struggle takes place in the character’s mind. The character has to make a choice between doing something that is right or wrong. The character may also have to overcome emotions. Examples for Teaching Person vs. Self from …

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