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Literary Essay Practice:

 Eleven by Sandra Cisneros.pdf

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Poetry & Rhyming Sites for Teachers

bullet Giggle Poetry - lots of poetry ideas and information
bullet Fizzy, Funny, Fuzzy - fun poetry site
bullet Funny Poems for Kids by Shane Williams
bullet Rhyming Dictionary

Poetry - learn more about poems and write poetry!

bullet Limerick Factory - practice making limericks
bullet Seussville - by Dr. Seuss
bullet Write an Acrostic Poem
bullet Shel Silverstein's Official Web Site
bullet Write a Diamante Poem Online
bullet Online Poem Maker
bullet Favorite Poem Project - great site to inspire students to write poetry









We've read. Now what?

The BEST way parents can help their child with reading at home is to read WITH and TO them while modeling fluency and asking questions (having a conversation about the text...)


Who, what, where, when, how -- those are all good questions to ask that can be found RIGHT THERE in the text (characters, setting, actions...)


Some other good questions require deeper thinking....



Good questions for starting conversations about





How are the characters, setting, and problems like those in other stories you have read? (making connections)

Were you reminded of anything in your own life? (making connections)

How does the story make you feel? (Not just good, bad, etc....) (making connections)

Is the place (setting) important to the story? How? (effects on events)

What words did the author use to describe the characters, setting, actions....? (imagery)

Does the season or the time affect the characters or the plot of the story? (effects on events)

What can you hear, see, feel, or smell as you read? (imagery)

Who is the most interesting character? Why? (character changes and relationships)

How did characters feel about one another? Why? (character changes and relationships)

How does one of the characters change? Why? (character changes and relationships)

What is the story's problem? How will it be solved? (effects on future events)

What do you predict will happen next? (making predictions)

What are the most important events of the story? (summary)

What is the author's message, or, what are you supposed to learn as a reader? (theme)

Who tells the story? What is the point of view? (1st or 3rd person point of view)




Good questions for starting conversations about





What do you already know about this topic?

How does the author organize the ideas in the selection?

What are the subtitles? Locate them along with the captions or any graphics (i.e. charts, graphs)

What is the main idea of the text?

What are the facts that support the main idea?

How has the author made it easy for you to find information?

What does the title tell you about this topic?

What information is provided through text features other than the text itself? (i.e. photos, graphs, charts, etc..)

Does the text have a glossary, appendix, or index? How are these sections useful to the reader?




Good questions for starting conversations about BIOGRAPHICAL text:




What do you already know about the subject of this biography?

What surprised you about this person?

What do you already know about the period of history in which this person lived?

How is the person in the biography like other people you know?

How are this person's problems like the problems of people in other biographies or fiction books you have read?

How important is the setting (place, time in history, and other events taking place at the time) to the subject's life or accomplishments?

How did the person overcome their struggles or problems?

Why is this person important for us to remember?

How did the author organize the telling of the events of the person's life (chronological, under topics, etc.)?

Why did the author think this subject was important?

What can we learn from this person's life that we could apply in our own lives today?