Aisha Saeed in her book Amal Unbound tells the fascinating story of a twelve year old girl who becomes a servant for the evil Jawad Sahid, the son of the Khan family.
After Amal’s mother had a fifth girl, she became depressed and wouldn’t get out of bed. Amal had to leave school to take care of the house and her younger sisters. One day when she needed a few minutes to herself, Amal went to the market. She was feeling glum about leaving school, so she bought a pomegranate as a special treat just for herself. When leaving the market, a car hit Amal. A man got out of the car and started yelling at her. He then wanted to take her pomegranate as a treat for his mother. Amal refused to give it to him and ran home.Continue Reading
The Greek myth Arachne the Spinner is perfect for teaching a number of Common Core literature standards. Read the myth. Then enjoy the mini-lesson covering vocabulary, comprehension questions, and writing. Look for a link to the handout at the bottom of the post.
A young girl named Arachne learned how to weave from the nymphs who would leave their groves and fountains to come and watch her work. Arachne’s weavings were not only beautiful, but watching her twirl the spindle with a skillful touch was a rare treat. One day Arachne boasted, “Let the goddess Minerva try to weave as well as I do. If she beats me, I will pay the penalty.” Continue Reading
Eleven-year old Hugo holds his little sister Gertie in his arms as they wait to board the Hindenburg. Hugo and his family have lived in Kenya for the past year while his parents who are science professors study the lions in the Thika Valley. Unfortunately, Gertie was bitten by a mosquito and got malaria. Hugo’s family must quickly get back to the states for Gertie to receive treatment. Riding the Hindenburg is the quickest way to travel in 1937.Continue Reading
Teaching students to understand proverbs and adages improves reading comprehension. These sayings have meanings beyond what can be understood in their individual words.
A proverb is a simple statement of practical wisdom popularly known and repeated. These common sense statements express some truth often giving advice to the listener. Adages are a well-known proverbs that have been used for a long time. Because these two terms are so closely related, the terms are often used interchangeably.Continue Reading
The Snowball Technique is a way for students to teach each other important concepts and information. Students begin by working alone. Next they collaborate with a partner. Partners form groups of four. Groups of four join together to form groups of eight. This snowballing effect continues until the entire class is working together as one large group.
Read these instructions to see if you would like try this teaching technique in your classroom.Continue Reading
The Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice is perfect for teaching a number of Common Core literature standards. Read the myth. Then enjoy the mini-lesson covering vocabulary, comprehension questions, and writing. Look for a link to the handout at the bottom of the post.
If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach problems and solutions.
This post contains the animated short “Taking the Plunge” found on Vimeo and inserted in this post. In this animated short, the main character has a problem he must solve. Handouts, leveled for upper elementary students, with graphic organizers encourage students to think about problems and solutions. You can download the handouthere.Continue Reading