Tagged with creative language arts lessons

Students as Questioners: What Do Writers Ask?

Students as Questioners: What Do Writers Ask?

A few weeks ago I wrote a series of posts about students as questioners, ending with posts on questions in particular disciplines: What do historians ask? How about scientists? Mathematicians? Then, I’ll admit, I got stuck. In each of the previous subject areas I considered the types of questions professionals asked when engaged in creative … Continue reading

Creative Nonfiction: Tell Your Stories Well

Creative Nonfiction: Tell Your Stories Well

There is nothing like spending time in a bookstore. When I know exactly what I want, I love the convenience of ordering online, but despite websites’ best efforts to share what others “also ordered,” I rarely discover anything new and exciting that way. In contrast, a perfect Friday night at our house starts with dinner … Continue reading

Interstellar Cinderella

Interstellar Cinderella

What happens when Cinderella goes high tech? Interstellar Cinderella, of course! In Deborah Underwood’s delightful new book, Cinderella loves fixing rocket engines, assisted by her robotic mouse Murgatroyd. Though her stepmother tries to keep her from the Royal Space Parade, you know that won’t stop her. Cinderella fixes the prince’s broken rocket and attends the … Continue reading

Save the Cat–And the Screenplay

Save the Cat–And the Screenplay

Ever dream of movie fame? As the screenwriter? Do you teach high school English or Media Studies? I have a book for you, with a title appropriate for our household of animals, “Save the Cat!”  Writer Blake Snyder claims to have written “The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need,” despite the fact that he … Continue reading

Unkind Ravens and Murderous Crows

Unkind Ravens and Murderous Crows

It is the end of the semester, I’m buried in papers to read, and the Polar Vortex is bringing below-freezing temperatures back to Michigan. I definitely needed something to make me laugh. Then James Lane’s Unkind Ravens and Murderous Crows arrived in my mailbox, and the day was suddenly a little better. Yes, it’s attached … Continue reading

Bringing Them in with Trailers

Bringing Them in with Trailers

How do you choose a movie? My husband and I don’t see many movies, but when we do, we are often influenced by movie trailers–especially those shared by friends and family. So I was interested when a recent National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast featured Mike Woolen, who has created trailers for movies including Birdman, Boyhood, … Continue reading

Star Wars Shakespeare!

Star Wars Shakespeare!

Do you teach Shakespeare? Interested in a new twist on iambic pentameter? Enter William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, by Ian Doescher. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars (subtitled “Verily, A New Hope”) is a retelling of the Star Wars tale as it might have been written by the bard himself. Imagine Luke Skywalker, Hans Solo, wookies and robots, … Continue reading