Monthly Archive: March 2017

Mar 30

Person vs. the Environment Conflict

  In a person vs. the environment conflict in literature, a character is struggling against the forces of nature. A person may be fighting against bad weather conditions such as a hurricane or blizzard, survival in the wild including the desert or jungle, or against a wild animal. Book Examples to use for Teaching Person …

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Mar 27

Activities to Use with Brian’s Winter

  Brian’s Winter tells the story of what would have happened to Brian Robeson if the rescue plane had not come at the end of the book Hatchet. Author Gary Paulsen received hundreds of letters from readers who thought Brian had been rescued too soon. He should experience living in the Canadian wilderness during the winter months. Brian’s Winter is …

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Mar 23

Teaching the Persuasive Technique – Name Calling

  Name calling is the final post in this series of persuasive techniques. It can include a large number of targets including denouncing values, laughter, or putting down ideas. Advertisements use name calling when one product puts down a similar product by saying theirs is superior in some way. Political candidates also use name calling …

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Mar 20

Walk Two Moons Context Clues Game Activities

  Walk Two Moon is a beautiful story of a thirteen year old girl, Sal Hiddle, who travels from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents to visit her mother’s grave. The story moves between the adventures of the trip in the present to flashbacks into Sal’s past as she tells stories to her grandparents along the way.  …

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Mar 16

Teaching the Persuasive Technique – Loaded Terms

  This is the third post in a series of four on using persuasive techniques or propaganda devices. This post contains several commercials that use loaded terms to advertise their products.  Loaded Terms Definition Phrases with loaded terms have words that evoke strong emotions. Advertisements, speeches, and writers all use loaded terms. Politicians use loaded words …

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Mar 13

Al Capone Does My Shirts Teaching Ideas

  Written by Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts tells the story of Moose Flanagan and his family who move to Alcatraz Island where his father has gotten a job. The family wants to live near San Francisco, so Moose’s sister can attend the Esther P. Marinoff School. In this school, “kids have macaroni salad …

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Mar 09

Teaching the Persuasive Technique – Testimonial

  In Part 2 of the series “Teaching the Persuasive Technique – Testimonial,” 2017 Super Bowl commercials are featured. Many stars came out to promote products. Actors, sports figures, and even Bill Nye the Science Guy promote products. With a 30-second spot costing $5 million, many companies went with big celebrities. Testimonial Definition Testimonial is when an expert, …

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Mar 06

Matilda by Roald Dahl

  Matilda by Roald Dahl is a fun book to read. Matilda is a super-genius. She lives with parents who neglect her and are mean. Matilda must take care of herself and even teaches herself to read. She decides that every time her parents are mean, she will get them back with a prank. First, …

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Mar 02

Teaching the Persuasive Technique – Bandwagon

  Last month I created a series of four posts with songs that could be used to teach text structures. Because of the positive comments, I have planned a similar series. This time on persuasive techniques. Each Thursday in March, you can read about one persuasive technique or propaganda device. Posts feature commercial examples for each device. The series …

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