`The author introduces new pedagogical approaches in teaching language arts, using fiction and poetry to enhance the student's critical thinking. This is a thoughtful, practical, and innovative book that will foster academic success' - Maggie Yadegar, Associate Dean, National University, Los Angeles Campus
'A 'must have' publication for the beginning teacher of English. The author gives explicit discussions, providing directions for formulating, presenting, and evaluating each phase of the lesson being taught' - Lois Gibson, Associate Professor Education (Retired), Southeastern Louisiana University
A teacher's guide to teaching middle school and high school English and building literacy skills in even the most reluctant readers. Lorraine LaCroix shows the reader how carefully chosen poems and fiction can "hook" otherwise apathetic English students - by making an emotional connection, the teacher makes her lessons personally relevant and important to each student, and therefore a perfect vehicle for teaching vocabulary, critical thinking skills, close reading skills, rhetorical writing skills, communication and public speaking skills.
Lorraine LaCroix is an Educational Consultant for the Long Beach Unified School District in Southern California. In this capacity she trains new teachers, coaches veteran educators and provides professional development geared toward improved instructional practices. During her 15-year career with the district, she has worked as a classroom and mentor teacher and has served in a number of leadership roles. She has also been active in writing curriculum fir the district's vastly diverse population. Ms. LaCroix received the district's Carpe Diem Award in 2000, naming her the outstanding middle school teacher of the year. She holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from California State University, Long Beach, and a master's degree in Educational Management from the University of LaVerne, also in California.
Preface About the Author Opening Letter to Reader 1. The Plan The Hunter Model The Generalist Model The LaCroix Model Key Resource 1.1 The LaCroix Model 2. The Design The Purpose The Objective The Crucial Setup The Critical Materials Key Resource 2.1 Sample Syllabus Key Resource 2.2 Teaching Poems Key Resource 2.3 Chaser Poem Rubric (4 Point) Key Resource 2.4 Bio Poem Rubric (6 Point) 3. The Preparation Skills to Be Taught Procedural Lesson 1: The Poetry Notebook Procedural Lesson 2: The Dramatic Reading Key Resource 3.1: Poetry Book Requirement Key Resource 3.2: Dramatic Reading Rubric Key Resource 3.3: Poetry Circle Grade 4. The Lessons Lesson 1: Understanding Character Through Tragedy Key Resource 4.1: Ladder of Responsibility Key Resource 4.2: Summary of Characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet Key Resource 4.3: Essay Scoring Guide for Student Response to Literature Key Resource 4.4: Literary Report Card Lesson 2: Conflict and the Heroic Journey Key Resource 4.5: Miracle on the Bayou Key Resource 4.6: The Heroic Journey Lesson 3: Finding Themes in Literature Through Art Key Resource 4.7: Boarding Flight 64 Key Resource 4.8: Broad-Based Themes Key Resource 4.9: Paired Themes in Short Fiction Lesson 4: The Important Questions Key Resource 4.10: Blue Velvet Lesson 5: In Search of Poetry--Found Poems Key Resource 4.11: Young Chief Joseph's Speech to Congress (1879) Key Resource 4.12: Sample Found Poem: Chief Joseph Speaks to Congress Lesson 6: "Poetry Is..."--An Introduction Key Resource 4.13: Poetry Is... Lesson 7: The Power of Words--Interpreting Poetry Key Resource 4.14: Changing Impressions Key Resource 4.15: "The Day is Done" Key Resource 4.16: "The Psalm of Life" Lesson 8: "I'm Nobody! Who are you?"--The Poetry of Emily Dickinson Key Resource 4.17: The Poems of Emily Dickinson Key Resource 4.18: Summation of Emily Dickinson's Life Lesson 9: A Self-Portrait--The Bio Poem Key Resource 4.19: Bio Poem Formula & Example Key Resource 4.20: Matt's Bio Poem Key Resource 4.21: Bio Poem Worksheet Key Resource 4.22: Character Traits Key Resource 4.23: Bio Poem Rubric (Six Point) Lesson 10: "All the world's a stage"--Shakespeare and Figurative Language Key Resource 4.24: Similes, Metaphors and Personification Key Resource 4.25: Shakespeare Poems Key Resource 4.26: "A Split Tree Still Grows" Lesson 11: "Once Upon a Midnight Dreary"--Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Works Key Resource 4.27: Lecture Notes on Edgar Allan Poe Key Resource 4.28: Edgar Allan Poe Key Resource 4.29: "Annabel Lee" Key Resource 4.30: "To Helen" Key Resource 4.31: "A Dream Within a Dream" Key Resource 4.32: Excerpt from "The Raven" Lesson 12: Life's Lessons in Verse Key Resource 4.33: Teaching Poems Key Resource 4.34: "The Village Blacksmith" Key Resource 4.35: "To thine own self be true" Key Resource 4.36: "If Tomorrow Never Comes" Key Resource 4.37: "O Great Spirit" Key Resource 4.38: "To be, or not to be" Lesson 13: A Poetry Potpourri 5. The Final Touches Suggestions for a Successful Poetry Recital Key Resource 5.1: Poetic License Closing Letter to Reader Index