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What do you think is a good balance between traditional books, worksheets, pen and paper and technology in a middle school English class?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cathy Herstead Jun 14, 2011. 5 Replies

I teach 7, 8 and 9 grade English in a small rural school.  If I were to divide up the class/homework time, what percentage should students spend reading, completing grammar worksheets, writing…Continue


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I am teaching 7,8 and 9 English in Hemingford, Nebraska, a small town of about 900. My hobbies include golf, bicycling, reading, writing and playing with my grand daughter.

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Web quests - Love them !

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 12:23pm 0 Comments

I have just discovered web quests.  They are like scavenger hunts on the internet.  Well, truthfully, students can use any textbook too.  I can see using a quest in studying grammar and poetry even.  For example, pair students in working pairs (this is probably the hardest part).  Have each pair find 10 poets with short bios attached.  Then, have each pair chose an author to research more deeply.  Have them choose 2 poets out of their 10 for teacher approval.  We want no two pairings reporting… Continue

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