ERIC Number: ED297345
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Ideas Plus: A Collection of Practical Teaching Ideas. Book Six.
National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Contributed by English teachers across the United States, the activities contained in this booklet are intended to promote the effective teaching of English and the language arts. Teaching strategies offered in the first section of the booklet are designed to stimulate language exploration with such activities as designing and carrying out independent research, using reading logs as motivators, passing along good news to parents, preparing oral book reports on "how to" books, and using comic strips and cartoons to teach many elements of language and literature. Activities in the second section are designed to stimulate an appreciation and understanding of literature. Specific activities in this section can be used to help students understand the distinction between plot and theme, focus their responses to a reading, link their own experiences to those of a protagonist, write poems in the voice of a particular character, understand and write character sketches, learn about Greek myths and monsters, and plan and carry out classroom protests. Activities in the third section, intended to help students improve the conception and clarity of their prose through prewriting and writing, include student self-evaluation and goal-setting, describing favorite assignments in a letter to parents, writing about world events that have touched their lives, and keeping track of multiple plot lines as they write their own interactive books. (SR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Creative Writing, Educational Games, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Language Arts, Language Usage, Learning Activities, Literature Appreciation, Postsecondary Education, Speech Skills, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods, Writing Exercises, Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Note: For Books One, Two, Three, Four, and Five, see ED 239 301, ED 251 860, ED 263 561, ED 272 889, and ED 284 292, respectively.