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Instructor: Chuck Ellsworth   
Common Core
Commom Core Frequently Asked Questions use this link to assist you in implementing Common Core. If you navigate the site, you will discover a wealth or lessons to meet the objectives; some links are inactive.
Writing Strategies
This link provides a review of strategies for students to incorporate as routine skills.
Additional hyperlinks below the text may guide you to more specific need.

Writing Standards with Hyperlinked activities
If you follow the link below, this site provides the writing standards in the left margin and hyperlinked activities to master them to the right. The numerous links should meet any content's need. While some of the items may require purchasing, I am sure you can
google the activity and find directions for free...happy questing!
Common Core Writing

Schmoops Writing Guides
See the link below to
Shmoops Writing Guides. The authors are a consortium of professors from Harvard, Stanford and other universities. This is a student/ teacher friendly site. Most information is free; however, membership may have its priveleges. Notice the side bar which links to a variety of essay types, ranging from the five paragraph essay to the college application essay. The site has links to a bazillion other topics across the curriculum and student and teacher needs.

Jane Schaffer
The Jane Schaffer writing program can be very beneficial for many students. It assists in all stages of the writing process. The typical developmental
paragrapgh consists of a topic sentence TS, concrete details CD, and commentary CM. Writing the commentary is the difficult portion of the writing since it involves analysis Students must really think and maintain focus.. The ratio of CD's to CM is determined by purpose. For literary analysis, it is usually one to three. Teachers decide on the number of chunks (supports) per paragraph. As students progress, the weaving of details and analysis becomes more fluid. The use of various color inks for the Schaffer aspects is great for students. They literally can see the purposes of their sentences. Follow the following link for a PowerPoint overview.
OWL Purdue Writing Site
Visit the Purdue site and practice/improve your skills through a series of interactive exercises. OWL Exercises. This site has writing guides and grammar tutorials.

Welcome to the OWL Exercise Pages

Writing to Learn
Follow the following link for details:
Generally, writing-to-learn activities are short, impromptu or otherwise informal writing tasks that help students think through key concepts or ideas presented in a course. Often, these writing tasks are limited to less than five minutes of class time or are assigned as brief, out-of-class assignments.

Because writing-to-learn activities are crucial to many WAC programs (because they best meet teaching goals through writing), this guide presents a great deal of information on writing to learn (WTL), including a detailed rationale, examples, and logistical tips.

Follow the following link for details:

Cornell Notes
A two columned note taking system which can easily be utilized for studying. Many adaptations are possible. The link below is AVID based from Halton Middle School and includes powerpoint and templates.


Math Nation

Math Nation provides videos for topics covered in Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. This page is beneficial in preparing for the FSA EOCs.

PEARSON Overview of Teaching Vocabulary: The attached link provides a variety of suggestions to learn vocabulary. Reading grade level text and above in a variety of genres is the best way to learn new words. One must see new words repeatedly to become comfortable with them. One understands an animal better by seeing it in its natural habitat...not in a zoo. Likewise, one needs to see words in their natural habitat, not on a list.

Talk Fast... Talk a Mile a Minute.... This game is similar to the old game show 10,000 Dollar Pyramid. It is found on page 14 of the link. Several adaptations are suggested as well. I have used this and arranged for all students to play at once.... If you are interested please contact me: it is a bit noisy, but fun. All kids remain on task.

FRONT LOADING: Front loading provides rich dialogue and experiences that allow students and experiences that allow students to develop vocabulary by accessing their prior knowledge BEFORE reading content. See pages 8-9 ot the PDF link which follows. The PDF from ESA 6&7 Technology & Innovation In Education has a number of ideas you may like to incorporate into you lessons.
Ole Miss Strategies Vocabulary

HOT SEAT :Have one student sit in the front of the classroom on a chair facing away from the blackboard. On the board you will write a vocabulary word but the person in the front of the room is not allowed to look at it. The student will ask yes or no questions to his classmates to determine what the word might be. The student has 10 questions available until he must guess what the word is. You can make this an individual contest or you can have the class separated into several teams to add a competitive element.
more: Fun Vocabulary Activities for High School |

Vocabulary Baseball

Divide your classroom into two teams and draw a baseball diamond on your blackboard. Each team has three outs per inning (like regular baseball) and one player from each team goes at a time. You say a word, and the student has 20 seconds to define it. If he defines it in five seconds, the team gets a home run; within 10 seconds, it's a triple; within 15 seconds, it's a double; and just before the time limit, it's a single. If the student does not get the definition right, he's out. Draw an icon for a base runner when a student gets a hit. When a player gets to home plate the team scores a run. The team with the most runs at the end of nine innings wins the game.
Read more: Fun Vocabulary Activities for High School |

Frayer Model
The Frayer Model is a strategy that uses a graphic organizer for vocabulary building. This technique requires students to (1) define the target vocabulary words or concepts, and (2) apply this information by generating examples and non-examples. This information is placed on a chart that is divided into four sections to provide a visual representation for students. This strategy can be used across disciplines and can easily be adapted for special needs. If you have created a template that is particularly beneficial, please forward the file and I will place it in the appropriate file folder below for all to access. I will include a file for language arts voabulary.

High Stakes Testing
Please see the files at the bottom of the page for SAT PowerPoints. These are overviews, prompts, and teaching suggestions.

+ Ellsworth, Charles
+ Fry, Robin
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