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Engaging and Creative Ways to Teach English. Karen Yager - Knox Grammar School yagerk@knox.nsw.edu.au. Purpose. Provoke thought and sharing of ideas and strategies Links to great websites Access to a wiki and wordpress site with a range of resources and units of work. Writing. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation



Engaging and Creative Ways to Teach EnglishKaren Yager - Knox Grammar Schoolyagerk@knox.nsw.edu.au

PurposeProvoke thought and sharing of ideas and strategiesLinks to great websitesAccess to a wiki and wordpress site with a range of resources and units of work

WritingConfidence: The ideas and getting startedInspiration: Models and exemplarsCraft to artistry: The writing process Vocabulary: SophisticationRefinement: Editing

3ConfidenceCreativity is innate Just get black on white Robert Gray, 2011:Notebook or iPhoneBased on experience and passionHaikuImpressions12-word novelTwitter textSentence of the week

The blanched, faceless wraithOf the escaped memoriesFlies off to the night

He hits the ground andAnd bellows a requiem To a time long lost

Blank, befuddled, thoughtless, bemused, he sits in front of screen as boredom ensues.

He accelerates. The thrill explodes! He clips the kerb, breathes his last.

InspirationListening precedes speaking and reading precedes writing.Audio books, podcastsExtracts: http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/vintage/offthepage/extracts.htm

InspirationInanimate Alice: http://www.inanimatealice.com/ - tells the story of Alice, a young girl growing up in the first half of the 21st century in ChinaDust Echoes: http://www.abc.net.au/dustechoes/dustEchoesFlash.htm - lyrical animations beautifully illustrated of Aboriginal myths.State Library of Victoria: Mirror of the World: Books and Ideas: http://www.mirroroftheworld.com.au/ - amazing images and extracts from texts to inspire writing.

Craft to ArtistrySpotlighting: the word and sentence level- Lexical densityStructure:Purpose and audienceFormSyntax and paragraphingFraming devices

Craft to ArtistrySenses: Sound: euphony, discordancethe vowels and consonantsSight: Figurative devicesFeeling: nuances

The Craft of Composing a NarrativeExplicitly teach all aspects of a narrativeZoom into the word and sentence levelUsing short, timed activities Listening to the sound of the writingPeer and self markingQuality feedbackFeatures of a NarrativeExplicit & Systematic TeachingAudienceGenreStructure - complicationIdeas - codaCharacterSettingVocabularySyntaxCohesion

Flash fiction with a motif and extended metaphor.50-word micro-story without the letter e.Focus on the idea first through images or quotes and then planning the narrative using a mind map.A word cloud to brainstorm ideas using Wordle - http://www.wordle.net/Starting in the middle of the action focusing on the verbs.Starting at the end and writing backwards.Composing the same narrative with different settings or changed characters, complications and resolutions.

Activities12SettingDevelopment of a sense of time and placeFocus on showing not telling through imagery appealing to the senses especially sound, colour, touch and smell, strong verbs, contrast, and a variety of sentence structures. AtmosphereColourSymbolismGenreAuthenticityDetailed descriptionsWhat if question

13CharacterIdiosyncrasiesTalismansHow they move and act in the settingDialogue and voiceRelationshipsActionsPerspectives and valueshttp://www.voki.com/

14VocabularyRange & precision of language choicesSophisticated:effective figurative and sound devicespowerful verbsadverbs and adjectivessynonyms

15ActivitiesGrammar Skills: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/words/grammar/Grammar Monster: http://www.grammar-monster.com/index.htmlCyber Grammar: http://www.cybergrammar.co.uk/index.phpVisuword: http://www.visuwords.com/ - a beautiful online thesaurus to find more effective synonyms.

RefinementInsert commentRecording work and really listening noting the sound and the meaningPeer assessment through a wiki or blogVoicethread: http://voicethread.com/

Digital TextsA digital timelineA narrativeA reflectionA life-storyChoose your ownLocal heroA podcastComic stripsChoose your own adventureAlternative perspectivesA soundscapeA digital poemA news reportA travel tale: Google Earth Littrips: http://www.googlelittrips.org/

Stories are the lifeblood of a nation Garth Boomer.18The Siteshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/audiovideo/sites/about/pages/howto.shtmlhttp://www.digi-tales.org/ http://www.photobus.co.uk/index.php?id=2 http://www.changinglives.com.au/2008/04/abrar-autumn-and-i.html Digital timeline: http://www.dipity.com/Museum Box: http://museumbox.e2bn.org/ Comic strips: http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/

19EssaysClarity and cohesionKISS theoryThesis or line of argument or point of view with at least three supporting argumentsTopic sentencesEvidence

PersuasionPersuasion 101: http://prezi.com/62290/: An introduction to persuasion.Essay Map: http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/essaymap/ Naplan: http://www.naplan.edu.au/writing_2011_-_domains.html

PersuasionYoutube: Henry Vs Saint Crispins Day Speech & Barack Obamas victory speechAudacity/Garage Band/Adobe Soundbooth: Critical commentary on a soliloquyRhetoric: http://www.putlearningfirst.com/language/20rhet/20rhet.htmlAmerican Rhetoric: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htmVodcasts and podcasts of speeches such as Martin Luther King.

22Poetryhttp://www.abc.net.au/rn/poetica/features/pod/ or http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/home.do: Listen to one of the poets reading his or her poems and focus on the artistry.Instant poetry: http://ettcweb.lr.k12.nj.us/forms/newpoem.htm: Students can create poetry at this site.Sonnet Central: http://www.sonnets.org/ - access to hundreds of sonnets and recordings too inspire writing.

Poetic CreativityFound poems created in word - "paw through popular culture like sculptors on trash heaps" Digital poems with imagesPerformance poetryConcepts: Imagery

24ShakespeareIllustrated Shakespeare: http://www.english.emory.edu/classes/Shakespeare_Illustrated/Shakespeare.html - The paintings could be used to trigger imaginative texts about the characters in the plays.Investigate Shakespeare: http://www.pbs.org/shakespeare/#Readings of Shakespeares Sonnets: http://town.hall.org/Archives/radio/IMS/HarperAudio/020994_harp_ITH.html Blackadder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE5jB2tl70M Open Source for lines: http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/plays.php


Using Images26ShakespeareContext through slideshowDigital representation of a Shakespearian sonnet or a character.Sonnet slideshow Curio box for a character in Power Point or Photostory accompanied by a recount or personal response.Virtual Macbeth: http://virtualmacbeth.wikispaces.com/ - a Second Life treatment of Macbeth fabulous for provoking students into creating their own wiki or blog for one of Shakespeares plays or characters.Beat of the heart

27Great Web20 ResourcesBox of tricks A-Z of internet sites: http://www.boxoftricks.net/?page_id=29 Cooltoolsforschools Wiki: http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/?responseToken=08d40fc592f425e0609f7b90a024fde22Australian Films: http://aso.gov.au/titles/

28Sites to ShareWikispace: http://nsrconnectivity.wikispaces.com/ECT+Day+March+2011 Wordpress: http://karenygr.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/hsc-paper-2-presentations/


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