Reading Rockets had a number of very interesting reading widgets for parents and literacy enthusiasts! Check them out here.
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What is a pomelo?
(Please pause and think.)
Chip and Dan: Explanation 1: A pomelo is the largest citrus fruit. The rind is very think but soft and easy to peel away. The resulting fruit has a light yellow to coral pink flesh and can vary from juicy to slightly dry and from seductively spicy-sweet to tangy and tart.
Question: If you mixed pomelo juice half and half with orange juice, would it taste good?
Anna: Not sure? How about now?
Chip and Dan: Explanation 2. A pomelo is basically a supersized grapefruit with a very thick and soft rind.
Anna: Now, let’s revisit: If you mixed pomelo juice half and half with orange juice, would it taste good?
This summer while perusing the shelves of Borders, Barnes and Noble and Kinokuniya, make sure to keep an eye out for Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck.
Chip and Dan will show you how to teach complex concepts in easy to grasp terms. In a nutshell, you will learn WHAT STICKS!
P.S. Preview: Sticky ideas are a S.U.C.C.E.S.—Simple, Unexpected, Concrete, Credible, Emotional, Stories.
Tags: Anna Batchelder, blog for teachers, Brave New World, cliffnotes, comprehension, early literacy blog, education blog, F. Scott Fitzgerald, literacy, literacy blog, literacy resources, making literature relevant, reading, reading blog, reading teacher blog, Shmoop, teacher resources, teaching literature, the Great Gatsby, the Pearl
of literature, history, poetry and life (or so the website claims)…
Shmoop is what I like to call CliffsNotes with panache!
Take a stroll through the literature section of the site and you’ll find countless study guides and resources to help you and your students discover and explore classics like Beowulf, the Pearl and Brave New World.
Click on Shmoops guide to The Great Gatsby and you will find an intro, summary, themes, quotes, plot analysis, study questions, characters, literary devices, trivia and more…
What I love about Shmoop, is its emphasis on the “Why should I care?” of literature. For example, why should a student of the 21st century take time out of his/her busy schedule of family, friends, Facebook, text messaging, sports, music, etc. to give Fitzgerald’s work the time of day? Shmoop writes:
The Great Gatsby is a delightful concoction of MTV Cribs, VH1’s The Fabulous Life Of…, and HBO’s Sopranos. Shake over ice, add a twist of jazz, a spritz of adultery, and the little pink umbrella that completes this long island iced tea and you’ve got yourself a 5 o’clock beverage that, given the 1920’s setting, you wouldn’t be allowed to drink.
The one thing all these shows and Gatsby have in common is the notion of the American Dream. The Dream has seen its ups and downs. But from immigration (certainly not a modern concern, right?) to the Depression (stock market crashing? We wouldn’t know anything about that), the American Dream has always meant the same thing: it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.
Yet Gatsby reminds us that the dollars aren’t always enough…
I’m skippin’ MTV today. Pass the F. Scott Fitzgerald please!
P.S. Don’t have a copy of The Great Gatsby on hand? Here is a free e-book. Thanks Shmoop!
P.P.S. Thanks zenera for creating the picture above!
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It’s about 100 degrees in Dubai, which means that summer is right around the corner! As you plan for June, July and August, take a look at these literacy and technology tips and resources from around the web!
For the young ones—As always Reading Rockets has a fabulous list of summer learning ideas and activities. For example:
- Why not have your children start a garden and keep track of questions and observations in a journal?
- Or, if you are looking for ways to combine summer movie time with educational and active follow-ups Kids Off the Couch is a must-click!
For tweens—The best way to encourage young teens to read is to provide them with books that peak their interest. Take a look at AdLit’s themed booklist for books that hit the spot!
For young adults—Since Facebook and YouTube are most certainly going to factor into your teen’s summer plans, why not encourage him/her to write and direct a short film to post on his/her social networks? Short Film Central is a nice resource for budding directors and/or young adults that are interested in global film developments.
For adults—Summer is a great time to brush up on your technology skills and to build your digital education portfolio. Take a look at Curriki’s latest blog post for links to free professional development opportunities and resources.
From sunny Dubai,
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Help your students understand the stories they read at a whole new level with Google Lit Trips! The site states, “Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place… and so much more!”
Imagine teaching Make Way for Ducklings with a tool that enables your students to visually follow the journey of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard as they look for a safe home for their family. Using Google Earth, students can track the Mallard family as the travel from the Public Garden to Beacon Hill to the State House and more! When students click on each location on the Make Way for Ducklings Google Earth file, they can see real pictures and learn factual background information about every place in the story!
This is an incredible tool for helping students visualize and learn about the places they encounter in stories! To get started on your journey with Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and other characters from famous children’s novels:
- Download Google Earth (click here to download the program for free)
- Return to Google Lit Trips
- Click on one of the grade level links at the top of the page
- Find a Lit Trip that suits your fancy!
- Enjoy exploring!
Off to the Public Garden with the Mallards!
PS Thanks Kate Reavey (Peninsula College) for supplying the YouTube video above!
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Aside from developing technology tools for classrooms, universities and other professional education environments, I sometimes meet with parents and teachers to share tips and technology resources that are helpful for fostering child literacy development.
Tomorrow I have the pleasure of working with the parents of Dubai’s very own Knightsbridge Nursery, where I will:
- Share research on the importance of reading with children during their nursery years
- Discuss practical tips for developing reading skills and positive reading experiences with young children
- Present resources on the Internet that parents and nursery teachers can use with young children to develop literacy skills and a love of books
I suspect many other parents are interested in these topics, so I’ve decided to post my presentation handout:
Feel free to print, distribute and share!