6-8 English Language Arts

Jennifer Core (Tennessee Historical Society) explains what National History Day is, the different submission categories, and tips on how your students can succeed on a national competitive level.

Kira Duke guides teachers through the Teaching with Primary Sources website, pointing out resources teachers can use in the classroom and where to find starting point topics for students' National History Day projects.

Switching gears, Kira Duke takes a tour through the new Library of Congress website, highlighting sections like "Today in History", "Blog: Teaching with the Library of Congress", and "Teacher Resources" all with resources already prepared for your classroom use. There's also a demonstration of how to filter for specific media types (i.e. Photos, Maps, Audio or Video Recordings, Newspapers, Legislation, etc.) and more hidden features of the website.

Kira Duke leads a discussion on how using Primary Sources can help develop critical thinking skills with examples to get students in the mindset of a particular time-frame.

Jennifer Core dives into what makes a good National History Day project, shows 2018 judging rubric examples, and how a project all ties elements together.

Deborah Smith 8th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher from Cascade Middle School teaches about inspiring your students to read and write in the classroom through a variety of engaging methods. This lesson includes her in her actual classroom with her implementing some of her excellent practices.

What do you do with a high school student that does not know the alphabet? Struggling learners in grades 6-12 have the same literacy needs as younger students, but they require different strategies. This session will focus on appropriate materials and methods for building literacy in middle and high school students.

The six principles laid out by TESOL for exemplary teaching of English Learners gives teachers a framework to align their classroom practices. Using this framework, the presenter will share strategies and information to increase teachers’ and administrators’ capacity to improve instruction for older EL’s. In addition, the presenter will share ways teachers can leverage student voice in reading and writing activities.

Dr. Marcia Henry continues from her earlier lecture building from the history and diving into vocabulary research. Giving examples of student work and root word concepts that make language hard, Dr. Henry gets back to basics by exaimining the Anglo-Saxon, Latin and Greek foundational root words and the prefixes and suffixes established in our vocabulary and how we build words together with meaning.

Dr. Carreker guides teachers through common spelling errors and how recognizing the reasoning behind these errors can help guide corrective instruction. Dr. Carreker gives common examples of mixed up phonemics.

Dr. Marcia Henry takes a communication trip reaching from the cave paintings of South Africa, impact of trade routes, Chinese, Greek, Old English, and how the history of language built the structure of English we use today.

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