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Inspired English : raising test scores and writing effectiveness through poetry and fiction

LaCroix shows teachers how they can use poetry and fiction to generate student interest and promote higher-level thinking skills through analysis and interpretation of great works. Arming teachers with all the necessary tools to plan and prepare effective lessons, this user-friendly guide ensures that even the most reluctant students can share in the joy of literature while becoming better readers, writers, and test-takers
Print Book, English, ©2005
Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, Calif., ©2005
xv, 140 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
9780761931102, 9780761931119, 0761931104, 0761931112
PrefaceAbout the AuthorOpening Letter to Reader1. The Plan The Hunter Model The Generalist Model The LaCroix Model Key Resource 1.1 The LaCroix Model2. 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 Grade4. 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 Potpourri5. The Final Touches Suggestions for a Successful Poetry Recital Key Resource 5.1: Poetic LicenseClosing Letter to ReaderIndex
Includes index