Procedural Text

Tomorrow, be prepared to have a brief discussion over these questions:

What makes a procedural text easy to follow?
What makes a procedural text difficult to follow?
What role does ideas play in writing a procedural text?
What role does organization play in writing a procedural text?
What kind of voice works best in procedural texts?
What kinds of words work best in procedural texts?
Should you strive to have long fluent sentences or short precise sentences in procedural texts?
How important or helpful are diagrams in procedural texts?
What made you persistent in trying to complete each “how-to”?


Use and create your own ePubs (read with Apple’s iBooks, Nooks, Sony Readers, PCs, Macs, etc.) to enhance your learning experience. Learn how to correctly format documents and share ideas. We will address how to create ePubs on Macs.

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Folger Shakespeare Library

A Close Reading of Shakespeare On Your Feet

What You Need:
Click on the “Reading On Your Feet” link below to watch Caleen Jennings work through a monologue from Romeo and Juliet and demonstrate techniques that your students will be using.
Petruchio speech

Reading On Your Feet – Try this link if the first link doesn’t work.

8th Graders Physicalizing:
Physicalization Practice
Physicalization Practice 2

ToTS: A Love Story via Twitter/Chirpstory

8th Grade:  Taming of the Shrew

NPR: The topic is something that Shakespeare himself might have found interesting and worth writing about. Also, what literary device is used in the title of this article?

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 Chirpstory: Chirpstory is your tool for creating and sharing stories from Twitter. A complete curation experience you won’t find anywhere else.

A Love Story from @John Fuselsang Introduction Introduction from yositosi on Vimeo.

Chirpstory Experience on Vimeo

Chirpstory Experience from yositosi on Vimeo.

Shakespeare or Not

How can the greatest of playwrights leave so little information of his life?What the world know of William Shakespeare’s life can be summed up in a few pages.  Thus, the authorship of Shakespeare continues.  Click on the following links to learn more.


Vowels Control Your Brain (NPR)

“Here’s something you should know about yourself. Vowels control your brain.

With these words, your tongue depresses and folds back a bit. So “O”, “A” and “U” are called “back” of the throat vowels.

OK, here’s the weird part.

When comparing words across language groups, says Stanford linguistics professor Dan Jurafsky, a curious pattern shows up: Words with front vowels (“I” and “E”) tend to represent small, thin, light things.

Back vowels (“O” “U” and some “A”s ) show up in fat, heavy things.”