So I fell prey to that Google phishing scam yesterday.
Now I’m going to make a bunch of excuses: I got the email before it became big news (it hadn’t even shown up on Twitter yet!), it was from a guy I volunteer with who was supposed to send me a Google Doc this week (and who usually BCCs the other volunteers), it was after lunch and I’d hit a blood sugar lull…
But I knew. In my heart of hearts, I was like, “this looks kind of weird, what’s the deal with this hhhhhh email address” – but I clicked it anyway. And now I have to live with the shame. I mean, I teach kids about internet safety, and I fell for a phishing scam?!
And then I thought: oh man, what an opportunity.
Continue reading “Go Phish”
My students love Wikipedia. Many of my colleagues hate it, and often turn to me to convince their students that Wikipedia is a no-good very bad unreliable source.
Alas, I cannot. Continue reading “on Wikipedia”
Over the course of this weeklong project, students work in groups to learn about the different types of government in Ancient Greece. They conduct research and do a LOT of critical thinking, and they get to face the challenge – often for the first time! – of having to defend an idea they disagree with. Let’s be real: lots of grown-ups struggle with that. Continue reading “The Great Greek Debates”
National Novel Writing Month happens every November, and it’s one of my favorite times of year. This year, for the first time, we opened up our NaNoWriMo club to 7th graders as well as 8th graders – our 7th graders used to do NaNoWriMo in their language arts classes, but due to curriculum changes that’s no longer happening. We still wanted to give them a chance! Continue reading “NaNoWriMo”
Students use primary sources to explore recent instances of censorship of young adult books. Continue reading “Banned Books Case Study”
Students listen to me give booktalks all the time, but it’s even better when they get to give their own. Booktalks are different from summaries or reviews – I tell my students to think of them as movie trailers for books. Continue reading “Creating Booktalks”
One of the eighth grade language arts teachers and I closely followed the stories and conversations about A Fine Dessert and A Birthday Cake for George Washington. Her students had already worked with case studies on controversial books, so this process wasn’t totally new to them; they’d also just finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird, so they were primed to discuss race and history. Their discussions were fascinating. Continue reading “Representing History and Race in Picture Books”
Grade level: 6th, but you could easily modify this to work with younger or older students
Background: Students were working on a historical fiction genre study. Continue reading “Investigating Historical Fiction with Primary Sources”
Grade levels: 8+
Background: We spent 8 classes (so for us, eight weeks) on this unit. Students had read The Giver in class; we wanted to give them a better understanding of where dystopian literature comes from and why it resonates with so many people. Continue reading “Build-Your-Own Dystopia”
In this lesson, we’ll look at a book of poems based on William Carlos Williams’s “This Is Just to Say”. Then students get to write their own apology poems. Great for Poetry Month – or any time, really. Continue reading “Lesson: Sorry Not Sorry”