Storify


Run grammar 2On April 3rd, I was able to attend the UNCC Writing Project’s Spring Conference. The keynote speaker, Jeff Anderson, offered a way to use mentor sentences from published texts as a brain-friendly, researched-based from of grammar instruction. It was an amazing day of learning for me, as I hope I show through my Storify narrative.

 

I also began using mentor sentences in my daily instruction. The first two weeks of my lessons are below:

 

 

 

Storify: UNCC Writing Project Spring Conference, April 2014

 

Lesson Plan with 2 weeks of mentor sentences: Mrs. McCabe’s Daily Grammar

 

By the way…this is one of my pet peeves — problems with homonym/homophones !! haha..

Catastrophe

 

So, I wonder….what are some grammar rants you have? How do you handle them in the classroom or in a business setting?

 

Picture credits: http://tinyurl.com/mjjdcmn       http://tinyurl.com/k44y4v2

Dear Twitter:

You  and I have been friends for about two years. We’ve been through a lot, and you’ve helped me meet some seriously cool people. I’ve written lesson plans based on tweets, “attended” workshops I’d never have the funds for, and let me share my weird life with the world. I really like that programs like Storify help me make incredible presentations and class stories. You’ve been instrumental in my learning through live “chats” like #engchat, #fycchat, and #titletalk (well, the last one usually costs me lots of money, and the Kevman fusses at me!). I even get a glimpse into famous people’s lives (celebrities AND authors).

But something’s got to give. I’m on info overload! I have more Favorites than I do followers! Every time I break out my phone, click the Twitter birdy, and start reading…there’s always something I want to read and use in the classroom. Or keep to put in my daybook. Or email to someone who doesn’t have a Twitter account (Jakey-poo, I’m talking to you!). Do I ever go to Twitter on my computer to get some of those Favorites off? No…the links just pile up like the still-pictures on my phone!

I use you a thousand times more than I do crappy old Facebook. I love you. But you have to chill with the info. Or I’m going to have to quit favoriting everything I read.

I know. I’m just puffing hot air. I just wanted to let you know that you are not helping my ADD.

Love,

Stephanie

  1. March 7, 2010 4:04:46 PM EST
  2. I really don’t want my peeps to feel this way! #nooffense
  3. Just finished reading a scene from Julius Caesar. GOD I HATE ENGLISH CLASS.
    December 1, 2011 9:26:23 PM EST
  4. RT @haileymontague: Thank you Julius Caesar for not letting me go to bed right now. 😦
    December 1, 2011 7:43:20 PM EST
  5. At least this:
  6. Almost done reading Julius Caesar play, well ACT 4 of it lol smh. It’s so boring but it’s actually getting kinda interesting right now! :O
    December 1, 2011 9:26:18 PM EST
  7. I actually enjoy reading Julius Caesar #muchbetterthanromeoandjuliet
    December 1, 2011 7:18:19 PM EST
  8. When Ange and I make jokes related to Julius Caesar oh #shakespeare look what you’ve done to us. et tu brutei?
    December 1, 2011 7:51:30 PM EST
  9. WHAT?? haha…I wonder if my peeps can relate?? 😉
  10. I finished my Julius Caesar essay and it ended up being 4.5 pages. #OverAchiever
    December 1, 2011 6:47:24 PM EST
  11. The play in a nutshell….(Well, I mean with Legos and action figures, of course!)
  12. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
    October 19, 2006 1:12:18 AM EDT
  13. Some quick quotes
  14. No fear… “I love the name of honor, more than I fear death.” – Julius Caesar
    December 1, 2011 9:52:32 PM EST
  15. In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes. – Julius Caesar
    December 1, 2011 9:38:03 PM EST
  16. As a rule, men worry more about what they can’t see than about what they can. -Julius Caesar
    December 1, 2011 8:15:56 PM EST
  17. #FamousMisrememberedMovieQuotes “I came, I saw, I got assassinated by my best friend.” Julius Caesar.
    December 1, 2011 6:30:41 PM EST
  18. Fun facts #evenoldteacherscanlearnsomething!!   (btw…the publisher of this page is Pearson Education–semi-professional). 
  19. The Impact of Julius Caesar on Modern Day Society
    December 1, 2011 10:24:30 PM EST
  20. Listen for themes in Julius Caesar — I think it will help you understand the play.
  21. HSC English Julius Caesar preview
    June 7, 2011 7:48:48 PM EDT
  22. For your enjoyment!
  23. Season 3 Episode 25 – Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)
    January 11, 2008 3:24:45 PM EST

I’ve collected just a few pieces of text to help you know the man who essentially created the world you now inhabit (that’s a $100 word for live in!).

As you read through and listen to these voices of goodbye, think about what a person’s legacy means.


What will you leave the world? How will you have made it a better place?
I found this image to capture how I feel about Jobs’ impact on the company he founded, was fired from, and ultimately brought back to life.
Steve Jobs dies at 56; Apple’s co-founder transformed computers and culture

Steven P. Jobs, the charismatic technology pioneer who co-founded Apple Inc. and transformed one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies, has died. He was 56.
How have these mourners identified with the community that Jobs created?
I thought I knew a lot about Steve Jobs…until I read this infographic. How does the author show you Jobs’ biography? What fact surprises you about a person who is filthy rich?
Infographic: 15 incredible facts about Steve Jobs | Articles

Reading these will make you appreciate his accomplishments even more.
Reactions to, and condolences for, Jobs’ death….
“Here”s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The ones who see things differently. While some may see crazy, we see genius.” -Steve Jobs
WestWingReport
October 5, 2011
It’s touching to read the many kind words for #SteveJobs. His vision helped me become the tech geek I today. #RIPSteve #ThankYouSteve
jenleereeves
October 5, 2011
Steve Jobs will always be remembered. A visionary, a leader, a pioneer and inspirer. #Apple
GoogleSeattle
October 5, 2011
Steve Jobs dies and the entire world finds out/tweets/texts about it on the devices he created. That’s not a bad way to go.
mworch
October 5, 2011
I never thought I could be so busted up about the loss of someone I never met. #stevejobs
aplusk
October 5, 2011
It is moments like these that makes everything else seem so insignificant. Think different. Change the world. 
nickf
October 5, 2011
This is a speech Jobs gave in 2005 at Stanford University. As you listen, think about why he organizes his thoughts into a series of three stories. Write about them and how you can apply what he’s learned about himself to your own life.
Read the following poem (it’s one of my favorites)…Write your thoughts about the poem, but also, connect it to the death of Steve Jobs,  and to your own legacy. How would you answer the last two lines of the poem?
Poetry 180 – The Summer Day

Today’s poem holds that the act of attention is a form of prayer. Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper?

Read the tribute poster, then design one for yourself. What are mottos or virtues you live your life by? How do you want to be remembered? What will your impact on the world be?



**If this is a little on the morbid side for you, design a tribute poster for someone you know or for a character from a favorite book/story.

**Alternate: Design a living tribute poster to yourself showing how you need to “stop letting other people’s voices drown out your own inner voice.”

All the fantabulous happenings on at #NCETA11 — Wake Forest University

This year’s conference theme, Finding Common Ground, asked teachers to think about the places where we share and “empower” each other to “overcome social and bureaucratic obstacles” in teaching “language, literacy, and learning.” *

*quotes from NCETA program, pg2

Let’s incorporate technology throughout — creating connections and shared spaces to learn from each other.
If you are attending the North Carolina English Teachers’ Association conference and want to tweet along, use #NCETA11 to tag your tweets.
jtbartels
September 29, 2011
North Carolina English Teachers Association Fall Conference begins with workshops this afternoon. #nceta11
sherylrlong
September 29, 2011
Tech lounge is up and running @ #NCETA11
jtbartels
October 1, 2011
Beginning #nceta11 with Adolescent Literature & Common Core…looking forward to an informative sessiom
smccabe29
September 29, 2011
Learning to define & visually represent rigor #nceta11 http://t.co/ALfF9Zfm
smccabe29
September 29, 2011
What’s a conference without some fun and silent auctions??
About to have coffee with the cool kids at WFU. #NCETA11
kerribright
September 29, 2011
Lovely day for #nceta11 conference & a coffee break. (@ Starbucks) http://t.co/MnID4uou
fieldpeaz
September 29, 2011
Check out the great baskets available in the silent auction! #nceta11
sherylrlong
September 30, 2011
NCETA attendees – When visiting exhibit hall, drop by the membership table to see journals dating back to 1949. #nceta11
sherylrlong
September 30, 2011
Taste of Region 3 Basket http://t.co/CQc08tVo #nceta11
sherylrlong
September 30, 2011
Excited to start out the day at #nceta11
csippy
September 30, 2011
Several sessions highlight digital spaces to connect learners and teachers.
At the #NCETA11 conference, listening to @finleyt present on 21st Century Socrates, digital fishbowl discussions using skype and chat. Cool!
steve8071
September 30, 2011
Checking out @smccabe29 s session on Storify and storytelling through social media at #NCETA11 too cool!
steve8071
September 30, 2011
@steve8071 asks how can I open my students to all the digital writing out there & give them the tools to contribute – blogging #nceta11
sherylrlong
October 1, 2011
#nceta11 Learning about website. what do we want it to be? http://t.co/3E88gzhE
shanavh
September 30, 2011
learning more about blogging at #nceta11. 🙂
MaryMStraits
October 1, 2011
Autum Crisp teachin fair use, copyright, and cc in a great session on glogging at #nceta11.
puckrose
October 1, 2011
Learning to cybertravel with Autumn Crisp at #nceta11: research not only on academic paper, but as a real world skill. Am LOVING idea!
smccabe29
October 1, 2011
Other sessions got to the heart of the matter that everyone is talking about: the Common Core 


                             **cue Jaws music here** 🙂
At the #NCETA11 conference learning about the common core
GailLangley
September 30, 2011
#nceta11 #unccwp DPI resource for looking at current NCSCoS and CC http://t.co/cnuQUaJE
shanavh
September 30, 2011
@CarolJago empowering teachers to leverage professional knowledge of students & texts to speak back to draconian notions of CCSS #nceta11
fieldpeaz
September 30, 2011
Guy Hill speaking about similarities b/t Common Core & Essential Standards. All teachers are literacy teachers #NCETA11
smccabe29
October 1, 2011
English tchrs should be incorporating informational texts to support narratives taught, i.e. Wiesel’s preface to Night + articles #NCETA11
smccabe29
October 1, 2011
Learnnc.org has phenomenal resources for multi-lingual students and Common Core #NCETA11
carolinacoffey1
September 30, 2011
Friday’s lunch focused on the 2011 Teacher of the Year, Steve Fulton (Congratulations!), as well as former NCTE President, Carol Jago.
@steve8071 Congratulations on winning the NC Teacher of the year! You are drinking from a tall glass of Awesomejuice! #NCETA11
finleyt
September 30, 2011
RT @sherylrlong: Looking forward to hearing @CarolJago give the keynote address today #nceta11
steve8071
September 30, 2011
@CarolJago says that a teacher’s role is to help “screenagers” develop humanistic values & behaviors #nceta11 keynote
fieldpeaz
September 30, 2011
@CarolJago: Hazards of tech: doing nothing well. #nceta11 http://t.co/1z2khFhZ
smccabe29
September 30, 2011
Jago-“Part of being a good reader is knowing what to know”. That’s the truth. #NCETA11
danyelle
September 30, 2011
As English teachers, we are tour guides to the universe. #nceta11
csippy
September 30, 2011
A taste of other fabulous sessions!!
Discussing the importance of bringing families into our literacy communities. #nceta11
sherylrlong
September 30, 2011
#nceta11 Naming our pet peeves about language , categorizing as types of errors. Really revealing our assumptions about language. #unccwp
shanavh
September 30, 2011
Thanks to @bethanys_87 for all your work on the Exploring Historic Murfreesboro presentation! We need to do this again. #nceta11
sherylrlong
September 30, 2011
Going low-tech to cover history of ECU Writing Conference Mini-Symposium. http://t.co/YEUleypH #nceta11 #FB
finleyt
September 30, 2011
Getting the DPI update. #NCETA11
chsenglish
October 1, 2011
Uh-oh….Ryan has #nceta11 doing the shakedown!! Starting us off easy, huh, #unccwp ?? Haha…
smccabe29
October 1, 2011
Incredible energy and focus this morning…shaking and pointing #NCETA11
rwelsh8
October 1, 2011
Guy Hill: We need to be sure we’re informing parent of curriculum changes #nceta11
smccabe29
October 1, 2011
Some final thoughts about this year’s conference:
Best NCETA Conference I have ever been to. #NCETA11 Excellent work, @fieldpeaz! You rocked this one.
kerribright
September 30, 2011
enjoying hearing about #unccwp peeps presenting and participating at #nceta11
now_awake
September 30, 2011
@smccabe29 Absolutely! We have some very exciting things planned for the website! #NCETA11
jtbartels
October 1, 2011
RT @rhetboi: Oh wait, both teacher award winners are Writing Project teachers? Of course! Thanks for defunding good work @Congress! #NCETA11
steve8071
September 30, 2011
Share your thoughts on how to keep the convos going on new NCETA website #NCETA11 http://t.co/bPWl4dLt
shanavh
September 30, 2011