Academic Language Tools

When I teach skills like tone and characterization to name a few, I give students handouts with a list of words. Guess where those end up? They are left behind on their desks, tucked away and out sight in their folders, or worse forgotten or lost at home. Some students will use it if I remind them. I want to be more purposeful on how I disseminate this information in a more efficient way.

My solution to this dilemma is to create a class set of “tools” for our toolbox with a designated area ready for pick up when we discuss or write. So far, I printed a class set of 40 cards for character traits and Tone. I used card stock paper I bought from Staples, so they are sturdy and long-lasting. I foresee laminating in the near future.

Today, our journal writing was on the characterization of Romeo or Juliet using the cards as a guide for choices. We are working on micro writing as a scaffold for an essay later in the unit. Please comment below if this helps you in the classroom or if you have an idea for teaching academic language, I would love to hear about it. Happy Tinkering 🙂

Published by Noemi Gonzalez

I'm an experienced high school English teacher sharing best practices to inform, to inspire and to reflect on my own craft. Love implementing new ideas and efficient systems that make teaching manageable. Teachers need a surmountable amount of support to help them survive, and every year comes with its own challenges. When I am not teaching or creating, I love hiking, running, anything outdoorsy! I am also a mother of two boys, one in college the other in his last year of middle school. Hope you can utilize what I create and share on this platform.

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