Podcast On Your Plan episode 15 with Drew Price

Drew PriceDrew and I were drawn together by our interest in teaching whole-novels versus excerpts. In this episode, we review some feedback on the issue from the #ELAOK Facebook community (which can be found by CLICKING HERE) and research on reading (which is also available in the link).

I was most impressed with Drew’s practical strategies for teaching reading. (After recording this episode, I want to kidnap a classroom and try teaching with literature circles!) I hope you enjoy! Don’t forget about the show links and notes at the bottom of the page.

Also, learn more from Drew on Twitter at Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 11.53.48 AM@drewprice11!

Stay engaged with all past and upcoming episodes by subscribing to the podcast via iTunes (for iOS), Stitcher (for Android), and/or SoundCloud. Share the podcast with a friend and discuss with your PLC! Be sure to leave a comment in the SoundCloud stream or in the comment box at the bottom of the page.

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Facebook Follow-Up #2 – Discussing Whole-Novels VS Excerpts

Facebook Follow-Up 2 PNGNot a social media fanatic? Are you a devote luddite? Blocked from social media? No problem. Check out some of the best collaborations happening on Facebook wit this handy one-pager!

  • Discussion Questions!
  • Advice from Oklahoma classroom teachers!
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And if you want to join the conversation with the 2,048+ members, just scan the QR code or CLICK HERE.

This issue focuses on curriculum content for English/language arts and literacy courses. The group discusses whether students benefit more from reading whole-novels or just excerpts from novels. Read and weigh in with your opinion!

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2015-2016 Fifth and Eighth Grade State Writing Assessments

ELAOK icon logo see thruAn official memo was sent to District Test Coordinators on Monday, August 24th, 2015. CLICK HERE to read the official memo.

Like the previous three years, students will read two passages, analyze and synthesize that information in order to generate an essay based on the writing prompt (task). 

Fifth Grade: Students will read two passages and write to only one passage-based prompt, which may be narrative, expository, or opinion. All three modes will be field tested, but students will only take one writing test.

Eighth Grade: Students will read two passages and write to only one passage-based prompt, which may be narrative, expository, or persuasive/argument. All three modes will be field tested, but students will only take one writing test.

Unlike previous years, the assessment will be graded with a different rubric. You can read more about the rubric on the linked memo or download it by CLICKING HERE or find it at the bottom of the page.

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Podcast On Your Plan episode 14 with Adam Lifsics

Adam LifsicsAdam Lifsics isn’t just a great teacher, he’s an awesome personality and proof teachers have a sense of humor. However, we get serious in this episode and I ask Adam to discuss his experience using Kickstarter with students to raise money for the ultimate project based learning lesson. We also chat about learning from failure and how teachers can best support students when things get tough.

Learn more from Adam on Twitter at Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 11.53.48 AM@SciGuyLiffy!

Stay engaged with all past and upcoming episodes by subscribing to the podcast via iTunes (for iOS), Stitcher (for Android), and/or SoundCloud. Share the podcast with a friend and discuss with your PLC! Be sure to leave a comment in the SoundCloud stream or in the comment box at the bottom of the page.

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