Today is August 29. It’s the anniversary of the death of Edmond Hoyle, whose name is synonymous with playing card games by the rules (or, “According to Hoyle”). Ingrid Bergman was born on this day in 1915. It’s also the birthday of the great alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, by any measure a major figure in American culture and a musician I’ve loved since I was a teenager myself.
Here’s another late-summer Text, this one, a complete introductory lesson plan for verbs. At the change of class, when students arrive and need a moment of assistance to settle, I use this Cultural Literacy exercise on verbs; in case the lesson goes into a second day, for whatever reason, I keep this Everyday Edit worksheet on Poe’s ‘The Raven'” ready (and, incidentally, you can find a year’s worth of Everyday Edit worksheets at Education World, where the proprietors of that site give them away). The mainstay of this lesson is this scaffolded worksheet on identifying and using verbs. Finally, you might want teacher’s copy of the worksheet.
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