Tag Archives: building conceptual knowledge

The Weekly Text, May 24, 2019

For week 4 of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2019, Mark’s Text Terminal offers this reading on the Korean War with its accompanying vocabulary-building and comprehension worksheet.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

The Weekly Text, May 17, 2019

Is anybody else in need of respite from a hectic school year?

In any case, Mark’s Text Terminal offers this reading on the Annexation of Hawaii and its accompanying vocabulary-building and comprehension worksheet in observation of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2019. I appreciate the fact that the writers of this passage did not minimize the fact that this was an basic act of imperialist aggression.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

The Weekly Text, May 10, 2019

Continuing with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2019, Mark’s Text Terminal offers this reading on Confucianism and its accompanying vocabulary-building and comprehension worksheet.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

The Weekly Text, May 3, 2019

In almost 30 years of working with struggling adolescents, just over half of them as a teacher, I have endeavored to help young people dealing with a broad and deep variety of personal challenges. I’ve noticed, in my years as a teacher, that by the time struggling students reach high school, they have endured adversity and failure, which has mutated into both academic and social alienation. My first task with such students, as I have tended to see it, is to assist them in recognizing and overcoming that alienation, and join, so to speak, their own lives. (I guess that says something about how I see education: learning is life, and learning, as I often tell students, is too important to be left in the hands of a fool like me.)

One way I have done that is to respond to student interest (or demand, if you prefer economic vocabulary, a term I would have thought educators in the last two schools in which I have served, the High School of Economics & Finance and the High School of Commerce, would have appreciated) for guidance in developing differentiated instructional materials. As this blog demonstrates, I hope, I have worked assiduously over time to create, develop, and deliver such curricula.

A couple of years ago a student arrived in my classroom with an intense interest in Asian mythology. I used that interest as a way of engaging him in reading and writing activities of the sort which he told me he generally thought “sucked.” By exploiting my knowledge of his interests, I learned some things I hadn’t about myth across Asia, developed some new materials, and engaged a very difficult-to-reach young man.

This reading and worksheet on Babylonian mythical War of the Gods was one of the fruits of this labor. In the process of producing this, I also researched the Sumerian and Babylonian pantheons. For the next week or ten days, in this blog’s ongoing observation of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2019, I’ll post a number of reference materials related to those mythological characters.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Word Root Exercise: Carp/o

OK, here is a word root worksheet on the Greek root carp/o; it means fruit.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Robert De Niro

Moving right along, I’ll close out this morning’s publication schedule with this short reading on Robert De Niro and its attendant vocabulary-building and comprehension worksheet.

This has been, to my surprise, high interest material for several groups of kids I’ve served over the years. Then again, on some level, De Niro is definitely a tough guy, a “gangsta,” as the young men I work with like to say.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Vague (adj)

Since it’s a word in heavy use in English, this context clues worksheet on the adjective vague is probably overdue.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.