#EnglishEd Vocabulary for #Teaching #Othello

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Here’s a straightforward list of vocabulary words I used when teaching Othello in my sophomore English classes. Hopefully you’ll find something useful here:

  • Rhetorical Question
  • Parenthetical Citation
  • Analysis
  • Opinion
  • Evidence
  • Quotation
  • Setting
  • Internal Conflict
  • External Conflict
  • Rising Action
  • Climax (in the literary sense)
  • Falling Action
  • Resolution
  • Author’s Theme
  • Symbolism
  • Foreshadowing
  • Irony
  • Plot Diagram

If you’re having your students write essays on a Shakespeare play, don’t forget to revisit my page on quotation marks. Once there, scroll down to “Quoting a Source,” for tips on teaching students how to quote a work of literature correctly.

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Vocabulary for Teaching Epic Poetry and World Poets #Poetry #Poets #EnglishEd

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When I was teaching sophomore English, the curriculum emphasized world literature rather than American literature. I tried to focus our study of poetry on world poets, with a whole section devoted to the epic poem.

Today I’m sharing with you, my fellow educators, the vocabulary words I covered during my quarter on epic poetry and world poets:

  • Allude
  • Literal Interpretation
  • Figurative Interpretation
  • Motif
  • Mood
  • Plot
  • Narrative Poetry
  • Epic Poetry
  • Point of View
  • Satire
  • Symbolism
  • Style
  • Metaphor
  • Simile
  • Alliteration
  • Cultural Identity
  • Historical Significance
  • Overtones
  • Saga
  • Trickster
  • Legend

Hopefully you’ll find this list helpful for your own classroom study of world poets.

List of Nonfiction Vocabulary Words #Reading #Literacy #Education

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You may wonder what qualifies me to offer up a list of nonfiction vocabulary terms. In the 20+ years that I’ve been employed as an educator, I have written reading curricula that has been used by two different school districts, and I’ve taught nonfiction literacy to fifth through eleventh graders.

Furthermore, when the state of Idaho established its first state-wide standardized tests, the materials I was using at that time were collected for the creation of our standardized tests, since the school where I was working at the time was one of 20 schools selected and surveyed for state-wide curricular analysis.

So now that we’ve established that I’ve got the credentials to create a nonfiction vocabulary list worth sharing, here’s the list of vocabulary terms I use when teaching nonfiction:

Nonfiction Vocabulary for High School English:

  • Inference
  • Explicit
  • Implicit/Imply
  • Point of View
  • Author’s Purpose
  • Author’s Motive
  • Author’s Bias
  • Authenticity
  • Propaganda
  • Primary Source
  • Thesis
  • Summary
  • Details
  • Biographical
  • Autobiographical
  • Chronological Order
  • Works Cited vs. Bibliography
  • Paraphrase
  • Plagiarism
  • Quotation
  • Parenthetical Citation
  • Angle Brackets vs. Square Brackets (and their purposes)
  • Writing Prompt
  • Endnotes
  • Footnotes
  • Superscript
  • Ellipses (and how they’re used when quoting a source)
  • Nonfiction Graphic Novel
  • Rhetoric
  • Evidence
  • Formal Outline

Nonfiction Vocabulary for Middle School Reading Classes:

  • Wikipedia
  • Hyperlink
  • URL
  • Worldbook Encyclopedia
  • Guide Words
  • Reference (the section in a library)
  • Dewey Decimal Classification System
  • Front Matter
  • Title Page
  • Subtitle
  • Publisher’s Information (and where it’s located in a book)
  • Table of Contents
  • Textbox
  • Caption
  • Illustration
  • Graphic
  • Graph
  • Chart
  • About the Author
  • Back Matter
  • Appendices/Appendix
  • Index
  • Timeline
  • Diagram
  • Biography
  • Autobiography

 

 

#Medieval #ResearchPaper Topics for #Teachers @ EnglishEmporium.WordPress.com

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Here’s my list of medieval research topics. If you’re an English or history teacher, you may find this and my other research-paper related blog posts helpful:

Hopefully there’s something useful in that stack of stuff I’ve used over the 23 years that I worked as an English teacher. If you like my free, printable worksheets, lesson plans, and activities, please show your appreciation by pinning these on Pinterest, tweeting about them, and/or sharing them through other social media. Just be sure to mention where you found them!

#Research Paper Topics for #Educators: #Scientific #Inventors @ EnglishEmporium.WordPress.com

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Here’s a list of scientific inventors in alphabetical order. You can use this list for research paper projects in your classroom or library.  It’s nice to have a list in alphabetical order, so you can issue encyclopedias to students accordingly.

I should also point out that English Emporium already has a ton of stuff on research papers available for you to download and print, including:

Hopefully there’s something useful in that stack of stuff I’ve used over the 23 years that I worked as an English teacher. If you like my free, printable worksheets, lesson plans, and activities, please show your appreciation by pinning these on Pinterest, tweeting about them, and/or sharing them through other social media. Just be sure to mention where you found them!

Topics for #ResearchPapers: #Artists List for #Teachers @ EnglishEmporium.WordPress.com

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When I was a brand-new English teacher, I used to wonder what topics to use for research papers. The first time I tried teaching research papers, I let the students choose their own topics. Ha ha ha! Sure, I got some great research papers on skateboarding and Minecraft, but I also got some real duds.

One kid even did a so-called research paper on cow manure, just so he had an excuse to use the “sh” word in class when quoting local dairymen he had interviewed!

Kids can be soooo creative that way.

To help anyone who’s struggling with research papers, I’m going to post lists of possible research topics over the next few months. Today I’m starting with artists. Next I’ll post a list of inventors. And at the end of this series of blog posts, I’ll make a list of medieval research topics available to you.

I should also point out that English Emporium already has a ton of stuff on research papers available for you to download and print, including:

Hopefully there’s something useful in that stack of stuff I’ve used over the 23 years that I worked as an English teacher. If you like my free, printable worksheets, lesson plans, and activities, please show your appreciation by pinning these on Pinterest, tweeting about them, and/or sharing them through other social media. Just be sure to mention where you found them!

Free Hi-Lo Book About #Bikes for #ReadingTeachers

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That’s the first Hi-Lo book I’ve written, and I guess you could call it a sort of VideoBook. I’d like to make more of these, perhaps branching them into a series.

We’ll see what I come up with next. You can follow my YouTube channel to see any other VideoBooks I make. Here’s a link.