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November: 9 days of Gratitude

So many adults tend to think that students, particularly teenagers, are ungrateful. So, I began to look at my own teaching to see if I was modeling gratitude. What could I do help students begin to express gratitude in their daily lives? Then, I saw this tweet:
8 hours ago 30 Prompts that Help Writers Practice a Month of Gratitude

I decided to have all of my students choose one prompt a day for each school day in November (only 9). These pieces of writing could then be polished into a Gratitude booklet as a gift for their parents. Elementary parents/guardians are continually receiving gifts from their students. I think it is time for our HS students to provide a lovely gift to their parents/guardians.
I know that I will personally benefit from this writing exercise in GRATITUDE. It is important to remind ourselves to be thankful. If I have a flush toilet and a warm bed, I have more than 2/3 of the world'…

Why Annotate a Text?

Why Encourage Annotation?

Teachers often require their students to annotate in a specific format. My students routinely annotate for a colleague. In fact, they say they do it ALL the time. SO, when I asked them to annotate an AP passage to help them answer the questions, they sighed in anguish.  Annotations should be personal and should avoid three common pitfalls.

1. They highlight or underline EVERY word.
2. They inconsistently annotate.
3. They sweat the small stuff.

Weareteachers recommends a way to help each of these common pitfalls. Their infographic may be helpful in implementing annotation in a class.
http://www.weareteachers.com/hot-topics/topics-in-education/teaching-students-to-be-better-annotators-poster-and-infographic

1.  Show students that there is no difference between a passage that has not been annotated and a page that is completely highlighted or underlined. Annotation is meant to help us understand the passage better.
     Do not grade the annotations.
2.  Model a…