Ideas That Really Work!: Activities for Teaching English and Language Arts

Ideas That Really Work!: Activities for Teaching English and Language Arts

by Cheryl Miller Thurston
     
 

Have you ever wondered if the author of some of your textbooks ever actually met a real boy or girl? If so, you will enjoy Ideas That Really Work! Written by a former junior high English teacher, this book is easy to use, easy to understand, often humorous, and always practical. The ideas are classroom tested and really do work.
The book is a potpourri of materials…  See more details below

Overview

Have you ever wondered if the author of some of your textbooks ever actually met a real boy or girl? If so, you will enjoy Ideas That Really Work! Written by a former junior high English teacher, this book is easy to use, easy to understand, often humorous, and always practical. The ideas are classroom tested and really do work.
The book is a potpourri of materials that will make your life easier and it covers a wide range of topics. Just a few of them:
writing introductions;
understanding plagiarism;
using quotation marks correctly;
using commercials to teach critical thinking;
looking at slang;
planning a schoolwide English trivia bowl; and grammar ideas for teachers who hate teaching grammar.

The book is very adaptable and is targeted for grades 7-9, although much of the book can be used with older students as well.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
If you're looking for fresh inspiration in teaching everything from apostrophes to how to avoid plagiarism, this book can probably help. Although there is no indication of what changes have been made in this fourth edition (originally published in 1991), presumably continuing demand for and success with these activities justifies trying out the ones that seem suited to your classroom. The author is a former middle school teacher and her experience shines through in the numerous anecdotes she offers related to the various exercises. There is no introductory chapter covering an overarching teaching philosophy, although implementation strategies are described in the voice of a pragmatic and committed teacher. Thurston opens instead with an approach to that most dreaded of duties—grading compositions—designed to facilitate student learning by involving them in determining what needs to be fixed to get their work up to snuff. Motivated in part by being bored to sleep over tedious student writing, she emphasizes helping students to make their work more interesting. In the process, students are also more engaged by the innovative approaches to topics like grammar and punctuation, the structure of various writing formats (compositions, poems, etc.), critical thinking, and building vocabulary. There are lots of games and student centered themes to keep this material connected to middle schoolers. A useful addition to teachers' personal libraries. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781877673849
Publisher:
Prufrock Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Cheryl Miller Thurston is the president, founder and editor of Cottonwood Press, Inc., which she started in 1986 with a $2000 loan from a friend. Before that she was an English teacher for 13 years, grades seven through university level.

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