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“So Far From God” Children’s Book

This children’s book project allows students to explore the themes and motifs of a text through different lenses and then practice summarizing them into a simple story. I have found that the act of creating a non-academic piece of writing inspired by a novel challenges me to form an opinion about what the text is doing and how. I plan to use children’s book projects in the classroom as a way to introduce students to argument forming and help them brainstorm before thesis writing.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Fakebook

As Toshalis (2015) notes, summative assessments should be “positive opportunities to show what students know rather than stress-inducing exercises the catch their mistakes” (p. 103). For instance, students can create fake social media pages for characters to show the teacher they understand the novel’s plot, characters, and tone.

The Charter School Choice

When examining how to create liberating learning spaces for individual students, charter schools appear to provide educational choices to students not adequately served by traditional public schools. I spent six months working at a project-based charter school. It served many students who, in a traditional public school, would be labeled as having “exceptional” learning needs …