Charles: Focusing on Literacy Skills [Inferring]

When you are not LITERALLY told something you are required to make an EDUCATED GUESS about what is happening.  This literacy skill is called INFERRING.  By using your own PRIOR KNOWLEDGE as well as information from the TEXT you can support your conclusion.   Charles: A Focus on Literacy Skills Charles is a short story written by Shirley Jackson in 1948.  A full copy of the text … Continue reading Charles: Focusing on Literacy Skills [Inferring]

Charles: Focusing on Literacy Skills [Visualizing]

Placing yourself in the text, IMAGINING the world brought to life, grants a stronger understanding of the environment, the characters' choices, and the ability to predict things to come.  VISUALIZING demands that you focus on all FIVE SENSES to explore the text's environment as if you were there.   Charles: A Focus on Literacy Skills Charles is a short story … Continue reading Charles: Focusing on Literacy Skills [Visualizing]

Charles: Focusing on Literacy Skills [Summarizing]

Now that you have selected the IMPORTANT DETAILS from the short story, you are ready to connect them together to form your own SUMMARY of the text.  By rewriting the text keeping only the key details while omitting the unnecessary you will have a strong grasp of the ACTION in the text..   Charles: A Focus on Literacy Skills Charles is … Continue reading Charles: Focusing on Literacy Skills [Summarizing]

Charles: Focusing on Literacy Skills [Determining Importance]

Having READ and ANNOTATED the story Charles, you will now DETERMINE IMPORTANCE by selecting specific QUOTATIONS from the story that support why you self-selected the most important parts of the text for each page. Charles: A Focus on Literacy Skills Charles is a short story written by Shirley Jackson in 1948.  A full copy of the text can be READ … Continue reading Charles: Focusing on Literacy Skills [Determining Importance]

Teaching Literacy Skills through Assignment Creation

The best way to demonstrate that you understand something is to explain it to someone else.  Allow students the opportunity to demonstrate that they understand a concept by flipping expectations and allow them to create assignments rather than complete them.   Introduction This lesson focuses on having students READ A SHORT STORY and then break into small groups (I … Continue reading Teaching Literacy Skills through Assignment Creation

Spotlight On: Udon Entertainment Comics

UDON Entertainment publishes graphic novels based on well-known properties such as Street Fighter, Okami, Mega Man, Dark Souls, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Robotech.1 Their new line, Manga Classics, has positioned UDON as leading publishers for educational and classroom use.  Their Cheif, and founder, Erik Ko stated that his mother asked why UDON didn't make graphic novels that students could relate to, while also … Continue reading Spotlight On: Udon Entertainment Comics