Tag Archives: fluency

Incorporating Famous Speeches into Meaningful Homework Assignments

Kennedy's Speech

I have been trying to come up with a useful homework assignment that gets students to practice fluency, vocabulary, comprehension strategies and writing. However, I’ve had trouble finding good material. So, the thought dawned on me to use excerpts from … Continue reading

Thematic Connections: To Identify and Articulate Common Threads

Common Threads and Thematic Connections

Assumption: Comprehension Is Best Demonstrated Through Writing. Question: Did my students in 8th Grade Intensive Reading grasp the significance of Malala Yousafzai’s courageous struggle for equality in Pakistan?

And for That, She Was Shot. Reviewing Building Writing Fluency

Building Writing Fluency

Last week, I introduced the “Building Writing Fluency” activity to my students, whom I had just met a few days prior. Would it be possible to engage kids in a fluency activity right off the bat?

Reading (and Writing) Fluency: Forging the Connection

Malala Technical Article Fluency

On Comprehending Grade-level Texts What’s your fluency threshold?  Do you max out at Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment?  Virginia Woolf’s  To the Lighthouse? Stephen Hawking’s The Grand Design? No matter how much we’ve read, or how often, we each eventually arrive … Continue reading

What Worked this Year

Class Competition Charts

Every year goes by faster and faster. I just finished my 17th year teaching. I wish I could have a conversation with the Mr. Kern of, say, ’01-’02. I wonder on what we’d agree to disagree.