movie making

In my junior level American Literature classes, we need to cover a play by Shakespeare each year to be able to meet our Common Core State Standards. Last year, however, I just couldn't figure out how to connect a Shakespeare play to one of the fulcrum texts we were already reading in class-at least not in a meaningful package that would be linked with my learning goals.  Then, I found a great...
The video above was created by a former 8th grade student in response to the Karl Fisch video, Did You Know? My original intent in showing the video was to engage students in a conversation around global technological change and what it means for them as learners. Interestingly enough, student responses to the video ranged from awe to outright outrage.  Many were particularly dismayed by the...
New genre theory and its application to literacy has long been a key element of the work of the Northern California Writing Project. We examine endless varieties of genres, and discuss ways to bring genre theory into the classroom. Since I love to travel and cook, I'm a big fan of that genre of television shows. Cooking shows in particular are a growing genre. Each show, when looked at from a...
“She doesn’t even speak English.” “I guess we’ll let the white kid play today.” “I better give this broom to a girl. Sweeping is a woman’s job.” “Do I have to be in a group with him?” Whether my fourth grade students’ comments were said with a giggle and a nudge or a roll of the eyes, I heard them. I saw them. We all felt them. I guess I could have responded with a “Let’s not be cliquey, boys...