NOTE: This is a repost/upgrade from last fall. In this updated post you will find some improvements and changes. My apologies to anyone who tried to access the missing video or the activities that were blocked in google drive. Everything should be accessible now. If not, PLEASE comment so I can fix the links.
I also added a new Prezi for the short story.
This coming week my Resource Room will be reading The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. The Lexile is 1350L which is definitely challenging for my class. Luckily, the book I use, Bridges to Literature, has an abridged version which will better suit our needs (580L). We will also watch this short video, The Tell-Tale Heart, and compare and contrast it with the textbook.
Some of the reading skills we will cover with this classic story include:
- character motive
- point of view
- setting and mood
- vocabulary (vulture, precisely, mortal, and cautious)
I created this Prezi as an upgrade for my 7th graders this year: The Tell-Tale Heart Prezi
This story, much like The Green Ribbon, just lends itself to a comic strip activity, so we will revisit that activity this week too. This time I am going to require them to use the four vocabulary words in their summary. (Shout out to Follower 100!)
In my search for other materials and ideas, I found some other resources that you may be able to use. I am going to take bits and pieces from several and add to my SMART Notebook file. (As always, if you’d like a copy of the SMART Notebook file, drop me an e-mail and I’ll send it to you.)
Looking ahead to the last three weeks before the OAAs, I am going to be hitting on a few final things.
Next up: Text Structures.
Be warned: I had to put in an annoying, but popular Spongebob segment, because I felt like this Prezi was lacking as far as media. This commercial is strategically placed right before I ask students to do more practice!
I’ve also created a page for all my Prezis, which you can see in the menu bar at the top of my blog.
I might go back and hit Author’s Purpose again.
Maybe I’ll make a hodgepodge of OAA type questions.
I’m open to your ideas!
Here is a link to my newest Prezi, “Identifying Mood.” I incorporated this mood lesson into March Madness as we will be completing this next week when we get back from Spring Break.
Students will have to identify the mood in songs, images, and text. (I chose 4 poems about basketball. These may need to be changed for a younger audience.)
Happy Spring Break to everyone if you are off this week!
We are supposed to get 6 inches of snow tomorrow night. Not. Cool.
My other Prezis
We have been working a lot on theme lately. And one of the best ways I’ve found to do that is through music. This is my second Prezi and one that the kids really enjoyed.
We reviewed the intro each day and did one video a day. I did this activity throughout Stargirl. Since YouTube is not blocked for teachers, it was very easy for me to just pull up the video that morning during homeroom (I always look for videos with lyrics to help with reading, plus some videos aren’t always school appropriate.)
More on novel playlists (including my Stargirl playlist) and using music in class can be viewed here.
As we finished up Stargirl,I knew I wanted to do a final plot diagram activity. I found a pretty good Prezi of a story map for the novel. I had to change some of the vocabulary to make it appropriate for my class. (The fact that Prezis are editable and reusable is one of the things I love about the whole Prezi concept.)
I printed out a PDF of the plot line and passed out the pages randomly. I challenged them to put the events in order correctly. As we sat in front of the bulletin board,which I temporarily covered with a giant plot diagram, we took turns reading and placing the events in the appropriate place. We used push pins so that it was easy to rearrange when we needed to.
The final result was pretty impressive and showed me how they understood the story. They loved doing this activity.
Big impact. Little preparation. No worksheets. Win-win-win.
I’ve always been proud of my strategy for teaching character types, which has been a viewer favorite here at All Access Pass.
I have now taking all this information and these ideas and created my very first Prezi! It’s been something I have been wanting to learn for over a year and after watching Tweedle Dee use it effortlessly for 7th grade Science I finally decided it’s time.
I felt a bit of frustration working on it on my MacBook but I did most of it at work, so it was pretty easy. I worked on this for almost 2 hours, learning the process as I went. I didn’t watch any tutorials or anything. I just experimented.
After a week of exhaustion and lack of focus, it felt good to learn something new and produce something I am proud of.
I present to you my first Prezi: Character Types
I used this in my after school study program a few weeks ago. I had the (un)fortunate honor of running the last study session the night before the last day of school when there was literally NO homework. Two hours, 23 7th graders, and no homework.
This activity was a lifesaver.
After viewing the Prezi, groups picked a DVD from my holiday gift bag, (made a few swaps), and headed to the lab to create their own Prezi presentations. For the group of boys who weren’t familiar with a single DVD I brought in, they did “A Christmas Carol” which they just finished reading in Language Arts.
We didn’t quite finish, but we will do it our first week back in 2013.
I am looking forward to creating more of these presentations. If you haven’t experimented with it, take some time on a snow day and check it out.
Have you made a Prezi? Do you have another program you use instead? Share your ideas with the comment link at the top of this post.