Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Kahoot! Update

I saw this about a week or two ago and am not sure how long this has been an option.  Kahoot! now lets you show the answers on the student's device, which is great for remote learning and takes away one of the biggest flaws in Kahoot.


I figured I was just behind on the times, but when I started using it, the students acted like they had not seen any other teacher do that before, so maybe it just came out.  If so and in case you are further behind than me, here is how you do it.  Right before starting the game, just click the option:



I'm curious to know if you've seen it before or if anyone knew when this option came about.  Let me know yea or nay in the comments!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

New EET Store Product - Questions (and Answers) for Every Chapter of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


 

Hi guys!  I have a new product on the Extreme English Teachers Store - questions and answers for every chapter in Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  The chapters are short (mostly) and that makes for very adaptable lesson plans, because let's face it - you can plan out the semester all you want, but between special assemblies, drills, inclement weather days, and just the differences in the speed of each class, those plans are usually off track sooner than later.  This book is great in meeting your needs on the fly.  

The chapter by chapter questions let you  mix and match to meet the speed of your class and can be used as review, reading questions, check up quizzes, or moved into an online quiz format like Quizizz or Blooket pretty easily.

These questions were written for struggling readers in mind, so most are plot level, with a few deeper thoughts.  Some are opinion questions and most are aimed at helping the students focus on what will be important later on in the book.  A favorite tactic for me to use is to ask my students why I asked that particular question.  Gets them thinking.

If you haven't taught Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, you should!  Read this post on why.

You may also be interested in this one: Before Reading - An Introduction Activity for Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


I have plans for more activities for this novel to come out.  If only I wasn't so busy teaching, I could spend more time on this!  :)


Turdsworth

 


So I ran across this in an article by Olivia Rutigliano on Literary Hub.  It was just too funny not to pass on to you guys to check out!  So if you want to read the article and find out what Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him, please do over at: https://lithub.com/lord-byron-used-to-call-william-wordsworth-turdsworth-and-yes-this-is-a-real-historical-fact/

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Happy Pi Day


"3.141592," Tom said piously.





Well, math teachers shouldn't get all the fun!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Mythology Memes

 So I teach a mythology elective class which is so fun.  I decided to give them a meme contest and these are a few that they came up with:







As you can see, Zeus' shenanigans were a favorite topic!  I put these and the others in a Google form and let them vote on the winner.  Here is the grand champion:



So have some fun and before your next novel test, have your students create some memes on it.  Then let them vote before taking the test.  It's fun for them and fun for you and maybe, just maybe, helps them to remember and make a few connections they wouldn't have before!


Friday, March 5, 2021

How Do I Love Thee?

Tomorrow is Elizabeth Barrett Browning's birthday.  She is known almost as much for love letters as she is for her poetry.  For those of you who need a refresher, Elizabeth (and her ten siblings) was forbidden by her father to ever marry and have children.  When Robert Browning read her poetry, he fell in love with her and began to write her.  Between the two of them, they wrote 570 letters to each other before they ran away and eloped.  They both kept all the love letters and the door to the Barrett house which half of those letters came through, was saved before the house was torn down.  I believe it is kept at Wellesley College Library and was a popular place for college students to slip Valentine cards until it was sealed shut.

So why did Elizabeth's father want to stop his bloodline?  Well, according to one scholar, Julia Markus, in her book Dared and Done, It might be because either her grandfather or gear grandfather has a child with a Jamaican slave. Either he was such a racist that he did not want his bloodline tainted or, being an abolitionist, he was ashamed of his white bloodline and wished to end it.

Either way, it was the reason for Elizabeth and Robert's secrecy.  Her father never forgave her for running off and getting married and having a child.  She wrote to him often and he always returned her letters unopened.

Here is a reading comprehension practice for her poem "How Do I Love Thee?"

Monday, March 1, 2021

Blooket - Alternatives to Kahoot!

 I love Kahoot! - Who doesn't?  But I also like variety and testing out other online quizzes/games/reviews.  Today's Review - Blooket



Blooket is quite easy to use and if you already have Quizlet, you can just import a list, rather than making up more questions.  It can also be made as a multiple choice question set, too.

When you choose a set of terms, it give you these game you can play:


So far, I've only tried the Tower of Doom and the Battle Royale with my Mythology class.  The Tower of Doom is a longer, individual sort of challenge, whereas the Battle Royale pits students against students in teams or individually.

At first I was concerned that it would look too elementary school-ish for my high schoolers, but my Mythology students loved it and requested to play it again the next day.  So if you are looking to review some vocabulary words or literary terms and have found that Quizlet Live is just not as effective in a remote or hybrid setting, or just want something different, try this out!