changelog @ tengrrl.com: My Writing: California English arrives!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
My Writing: California English arrives!
My article has officially been published. I have two beautiful shiny copies of the journal right here on my desk to prove it. I love the smell of new journals, but they are especially wonderful when your article is tucked inside :)
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changelog @ tengrrl.com:
Sunday, November 26, 2006
I was looking for this Fiesta Ware pattern that I saw in a gift shop on the West Virginia Turnpike. Amazon says:
No results match your search for "snowman fiesta" in Home & Garden. Did you mean "norman feast"?
Yes, please pass the mead. A Norman Feast will certainly work as a substitute for a snowman platter. Thank you Amazon.
changelog @ tengrrl.com:
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
PapPap passed away in his sleep yesterday morning. His wife Mary got up as usual and went to make coffee. When she returned to wake him, "he was already gone" (her words). I don't have any more details.
There are some errors in the obit below, but I'm posting it as is so that we have a record once that newspaper Web page is gone. I did find their little American flag graphic sort of appallingly horrible, so I replaced it with a nicer looking one.
I'll post more later. For anyone who might have looked for me, I won't be in Nashville now for the Annual Convention, as I have family things to attend to.
changelog @ tengrrl.com: Earl P. Hahn, 91, passed away November 13, 2006.
Earl P. Hahn
He was born April 6, 1915 in Independence, W. Va., then moved to Uniontown, Pa. at age 2. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired May 5, 1976 from the Uniontown Post Office. Earl was a member of Johnson United Methodist Church, V.F.W. Post 47, and American Legion Post 51.
Earl was preceded in death by his first wife of 53 years, Eleanor (nee Goodwin), who passed away in 1990. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Mary, whom he married Aug. 5, 1994 in Akron. Earl is also survived by his daughters, Patti Gardner and Cheryl White; five grandchildren, Traci, Kerri (Randall), Holli, Noel, and Heather; two great-grandchildren, Kelli and Eryk Drewry; sister, Mabel Bubonovick; stepchildren, Robert Long and Cheryl (Rick J.) Kaderly; two stepgrandchildren, Richard D. Kaderly and Michelle (Bryant) Anderson; soon-to-be stepgrandson, Hunter Anderson; and extended family, Kris (Fred) Beitzel, Kathi (Dan) Witt, Kevin (Wendy) Conner and families.
Friends may call at the Bacher Funeral Home, 3326 Manchester Rd., on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m., where services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m., Pastor Scott Wilson officiating. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Johnson United Methodist Church, 3409 Johnson Rd., Norton, OH 44203, in memory of Earl. Funeral home map, directions, and the Hahn Family condolence book are available at www.bacherfuneralhome.com
. (Bacher, 330-644-0024.)
Published in the Akron Beacon Journal
changelog @ tengrrl.com: ReadWriteThink: Love of War in Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story”
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Students explore texts on camaraderie among soldiers as an introduction to the theme of love of war. As a culminating activity, students compose a visual collage depicting their own beliefs about the relationship between love and war. The lesson was submitted by Ellen Greenblatt, of San Francisco, California. It was developed as a companion for The Mystery of Love
, a PBS documentary featured in the lesson.
changelog @ tengrrl.com: My Writing: Six-Week Roundup
My Writing: Six-Week Roundup
Following the path of procrastination, instead of finishing the edit on the lesson plan I've been working on, I've been catching up on some blog entries. I've sent out a number of pieces, and it seems like a summary is in order (if only to prove to myself that I really have accomplished something recently). Here goes.
- "Rosetta Stones" published in the October 2006 Classroom Notes Plus in the "Focus on Language" section. The article describes an activity I've used to invite students to craft their own Rosetta Stones to show off their abilities with different language and dialects. It's a great activity for ELL/ESL students.
- "Effective Writing Assignments in the Age of Standardized Writing Assessment" was rejected by English Journal. I completely restructured and revised it, turning it into Chapter 5 of the book manuscript.
- "Write Like You Talk" accepted for the Snapshots column of English Journal, to be published in the March 2007 issue. The article describes an wonderful experience I had when I urged students to use their own language, rather than the language of the academy in a writing assignment.
- "Bridging Television and Literature: Literacy Practices that Matter In and Out of the Classroom" accepted for the Fall 2006 issue of California English. The article lists ten activities that explore television and literature with today's media-savvy students.
- "Judged by Language" tentatively accepted for the January 2007 issue of Classroom Notes Plus. The article describes a first-person narrative assignment that introduces some of the political and cultural ways that language affects who we are and how others react to us.
- Proposed an article on YA novels that deal specifically with e-mail, text messages, and blogs for the Bold Books column of English Journal. Proposal accepted. Need to have the piece written by early to mid December.
- AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, submitted the six-chapter book manuscript, which has only taken me three years to write. More accurately, it took me 2 years to research and focus my ideas. It was primarily written from June 1 to Nov 1. Now I'm in the waiting stage to see if the reviewers respond positively and it gets accepted.
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changelog @ tengrrl.com: Depression: Today's Lesson
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Depression: Today's Lesson
Do not ask questions about things that you suspect are going on. When you find out that you were right, it's just as hurtful as not being sure. Best advice? Just give up on what you want or thought was right. In this great scheme, you're always going to be just not quite important enough. That is all.
changelog @ tengrrl.com: ReadWriteThink: Creative Problem-Solving with Ezra Jack Keats
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Students explore problem-solving in this new ReadWriteThink lesson, which explores the challenges faced by characters in Ezra Jack Keats’ picture books. After reading a variety of Keats’ books, students explore the problems that the characters face and solutions that they choose through classroom discussion, story mapping, and comparison and contrast of several Keats’ books. The lesson was written by Vanessa Udry of Tolono, Illinois.
changelog @ tengrrl.com: Inbox: Exploring Literature with ELL and ESL Students
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
As the number of English language learners in our classrooms increases, teachers are challenged to find meaningful ways to teach language in context. These resources suggest ways to discuss language issues in the context of literary discussions, giving teachers the chance to connect with these students in pedagogically useful ways.
changelog @ tengrrl.com: Silliness: Tengrrl's Voting Record
Silliness: Tengrrl's Voting Record
Because I did not want to vote for Republicans, I chose these write-ins:
Sheriff: my manager's spouse
County Treasurer: my officemate's spouse
Regional Superintendent of Schools: my manager
Judge of the Circuit Court: my officemate
I couldn't help it. I did stop the silliness at voting for a motion to impeach Bush and Cheney anyway.
changelog @ tengrrl.com: ReadWriteThink: The Children’s Picture Book Project
Friday, November 03, 2006
In this new ReadWriteThink lesson, students evaluate published children’s picture storybooks. Students then plan, write, illustrate, and publish their own children’s picture books. The lesson was submitted by Junius Wright of Charleston, South Carolina.
changelog @ tengrrl.com: ReadWriteThink: Bio-graph: Graphing Life Events
This writing activity integrates mathematical graphing with writing and can be used to generate a number of different kinds of writing activities, but lends itself well to biographical and narrative writing. Students interview other students, choose significant life events, rate them, graph them, and write about one or more. The lesson plan was written by Susan Spangler of Fredonia, New York.
changelog @ tengrrl.com: My Writing: The Book Manuscript!
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
My Writing: The Book Manuscript!
A manuscript has been submitted. Deadline met. And now, I'm allowed to sleep.
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