Inspired English: Raising Test Scores and Writing Effectiveness Through Poetry and Fiction / Edition 1

Inspired English: Raising Test Scores and Writing Effectiveness Through Poetry and Fiction / Edition 1

by Lorraine LaCroix
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SAGE Publications


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Inspired English: Raising Test Scores and Writing Effectiveness Through Poetry and Fiction / Edition 1

Spark student interest with rich literature presented within the context of LaCroix's powerful and dynamic instructional plans, and watch as achievement levels soar!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761931119
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Series: 1-Off Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

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

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