ERIC Number: ED359541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Ideas Plus: A Collection of Practical Teaching Ideas. Book Eleven.
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 literature and writing. Teaching strategies offered in the first section of the booklet are designed to stimulate language exploration and include activities in which students choose their favorite trite expressions in poems by Coleridge and Shakespeare and then write ballad stanzas to illustrate those cliches; imagine that they are famous artists and write self-portraits; keep music journals; and make speeches on topics taken from recent magazines and newspapers. Activities in the second section, which are designed to stimulate an appreciation and understanding of literature, require students to write their own versions of Swift's"A Modest Proposal"; create a literary poster that illustrates a passage the class has studied; give a five to seven minute talk in which they pretend to be movie directors describing how they would cast and shoot scenes in a given novel; engage in "inner and outer circle" discussions that allow only students from the outer circle to ask questions that those in the inner circle must answer. Teaching ideas in the third section provide various strategies for teaching different stages of the writing process. These include activities in which students pretend they are on vacation and write three humorous postcards; write romantic short stories; create a pre-writing "memory chain" about persons from their pasts; and keep a class journal in which everyone makes entries. (SAM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Communication Skills, Creative Writing, Educational Games, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Language Arts, Language Usage, Learning Activities, Literature Appreciation, Secondary School Students, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods, Writing Exercises, Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096 (Stock No. 22701: $5.95 members: $7.95 nonmembers).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Note: For Book Ten, see CS 213 943.