Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Author studies and Fairy Tales

Using fairy tales written by the same author to conduct an author study with students would be fun and truly engaging to students.

A wonderful site for Fairy Tales is SuLaLune fairy tale pages. Here authors of multiple fairy tales are compiled and parts of the fairy tale are shown.

Fairy Tales and Their Authors
Hans Christian Andersen
Asbjornsen and Moe
Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy
Giambattista Basile
Thomas Crane
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Joseph Jacobs
Charles Perrault
Straparola
Oscar Wilde

Many of these tales are international and multicultural. The annotated tales include links, annotations, a history of the tales, illustrations and similar tales across cultures. I found the cross cultural designation a wonderful resource. For tales such as Cinderella a listing of similar international tales is compiled.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Web English Teacher

Web English Teacher is a wonderful site worth checking out. Web English Teacher presents the best of K-12 English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, WebQuests, videos, biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities, etc.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Sharon Draper

A creator, educator, and a visionary. Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a three-time winner of the Coretta Scot King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She was selected as Ohio's Outstanding High School Language Arts Educator, Ohio Teacher of the Year, and was chosen as a NCNW Excellence in Teaching Award winner. If that hasn't impressed you she is a fabulous writer. Sharon Draper has been compared with Walter Dean Myers because of the themes and charters throughout her books for students. Her writing is wonderful and will engage any reader. Her titles are encouraged for third graders to young adults (18). She writes poetry as well as books for teachers. Draper's official site is magnificent! It offers teachers guides, a list of the books that she has written, opportunities for school visits, home work help, and a biography.