Tag Archives: Classroom Activities

Classroom Activities: Learning How to Send Messages in Code

This Classroom Activity is from the website Lesson Planet–a service for K-12 teachers.  It recommends having students learn simple secret codes.  The simplest: have them write the sentence backwards. However, you can also try simple letter swaps:  Learning How to … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: 2011 Better Hearing and Speech Month Video Contest

ASHA (The American Speech-Language Hearing Association) is sponsoring a video contest.  Three winners will be recognized for creating a video which captures what it feels like to be a person who has difficulty speaking or hearing AND how to help … Continue reading

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Language News: Courtney Martin at TED -and- Thinkmap on the words of “Feminism”

Today is International Women’s Day, and many sites on the web are honoring the day.  Here are two important links: 1) TED has released a new video from their speaker series.  Courtney Martin, responsible for the blog Feministing, discusses her … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Science Projects and Discussion for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2011

March 8 is the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day, and the theme this year is: Equal access to education, training, and science & technology:  Pathways to decent work for women. There are a number of ways that such … Continue reading

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Language News: Learning the art of creating computer games can boost student skills

People are sometimes surprised to hear that several of my colleagues in the ODU English department study video games, but as Dr. Kevin Moberly explains, many video games incorporate story telling and role-playing games like World of War Craft require … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Kinetic Typography of Stephen Fry’s Language

Stephen Fry (as featured in the previous post with House‘s Hugh Laurie) has eloquently written on the subject of language, and Matt Rogers has set Fry’s voice in motion through a process called Kinetic Typography. The mesmerizing combination of Fry’s … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Space Language

Here’s a langauge-based activity for very young students.  The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is actively searching for aliens in planets that NASA thinks show potential for life.  You can read NPR’s coverage of this search in the link below.  The … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Celebrating International Mother Language Day

Today (February 21, 2011) is the 11th annual International Mother Language Day.  It’s the day that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) asks us to recognize and honor the strength that linguistic diversity brings us.   This blog has … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Poems in the style of Alice Walker

One of my colleagues, Erin Kiley, reports a highly successful activity for teaching writing.  Asking students to write a poem “in the style of” another poem teaches them about the form of the language and forces them to choose their … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: HipHop and Language

Image via Wikipedia Last year, Drs. Anne Charity Hudley and Christine Mallinson published a book on how to address language variation in the classroom (Understanding English Language Variation in US Schools).  One of their suggestions:  having students translate the language … Continue reading

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