Using technology to keep students interested in grammar

Grammar seems to be the thorn in every language arts teacher’s side. Each year a language arts teacher adds to their students’ knowledge about how sentences are developed and identifying specific parts of speech. Then the next year the students tell their language arts teacher they have never learned parts of a sentence or even parts of speech. So, here are a couple of technology ideas that just might help them remember some grammar from year to year. Organizing the different parts of speech by using the website called padlet.com which is a digital graphic organizer where you can label the eight parts of speech with its definition. Then after you have used padlet.com to introduce the parts of speech, assign groups of students to a specific part of speech where they will create an iMovie (a free iPad app) trailer to explain what their particular part of speech is. They can use anything that relates to their life. Then the groups will present their creations.  Students can review these mini-grammar trailers to help them remember their grammar.

 

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Help Team Cam and United Way of Central Carolinas Win On and Off the Field

 As you know, United Way of Central Carolinas has been working to recruit, place, and train volunteer readers, tutors and mentors to help students in our area become academically successful. The effort is in collaboration with United Way Worldwide and TEAM NFL.

This weekend and in the upcoming weeks, we have a unique opportunity to reach more volunteers and earn dollars to support this effort. United Way Worldwide is encouraging all United Way TEAM NFL player reps, teams, and local United Ways to boost their volunteer efforts (readers, tutors and mentors) with a post season challenge that “plays off” the NFL Playoffs. Starting this weekend, Wild Card Weekend, the top 12 performing NFL player representatives leading in volunteer recruitment will compete for the title of United Way Team NFL Super Recruiter. Currently, our very own Cam Newton is #9 out of 12 with 1,205 volunteers who have signed up online to be part of Team Cam. 

During the five weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, the pool wanes from 12 players to 2, based on the number of pledges logged on at unitedway.org/team-nfl. The two finalists will be invited to New York during the week of the Super Bowl for a series of media and recognition opportunities. PLUS, the United Way in the winning market will receive a $10,000 grant to advance youth success with their respective NFL Team.

Another part of the program encourages volunteers to participate in the +3 Network where they can log in the number of hours they volunteer. The volunteer with the most hours will receive some incentives.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP! Please post this Facebook message and Twitter message TODAY on your social media channels. We need to get the message out over the weekend. And stay tuned for more ways to help promote as Cam advances to the next level, thanks to your support!

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Ad Lit Book Club debuts this fall

The Ad Lit Book Club is an initiative of the Center for Adolescent Literacies at UNC Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C. to build community and conversation around discussions of books that focus on adolescents and their literacies.

This Fall, 2013 the Ad Lit Book Club will launch the Book Club by reading and discussing The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning by James Paul Gee.

This Fall, 2013 the Ad Lit Book Club will launch the Book Club by reading and discussing The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning by James Paul Gee.

This Fall, 2013 we will launch the Book Club by reading and discussing The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning by James Paul Gee. Most of the conversation will take place electronically in our blog, Facebook page, and VoiceThread. We will have a concluding discussion at UNC Charlotte. More details coming soon!

One Book…One Conversation…Three Venues

You can join the conversation in three places online:

More information coming soon including dates and invitations to join the discussion! Contact Bruce Taylor for more information at bruce.taylor@uncc.edu.

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Sept. 30 Tutoring Training at Davidson College

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United Way of Central Carolinas and the Center for Adolescent Literacies is co-hosting another ReadWriteServe tutor/mentor training. The training will be held on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. at Davidson College in the Sprinkle Room in Alvarez Union, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson, North Carolina.

The training, Tutoring 101, is an initial tutor and mentor training for adult tutors and mentors and those working with Project 1,000, a United Way program to recruit, train and support 1,000 tutors, mentors and readers in the community. Others are welcome but seating is limited. Contact Sarah Degnan of the United Way of Central Carolinas at sdegnan@uwcentralcarolinas.org for more information.

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Tutoring 101 training set for Sept. 21, 2103

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United Way of Central Carolinas and the Center for Adolescent Literacies is co-hosting a tutor/mentor training on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Bliss Hall, located at 507 Tryon St. in Charlotte, N.C.

The training, Tutoring 101, is an initial tutor and mentor training for adult tutors and mentors at St. Peter’s and those working with Project 1,000, a United Way program to recruit, train and support 1,000 tutors, mentors and readers in the community. Others are welcome but seating is limited.

Click here to RSVP and sign up for the training.

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Attend Tutor Training Aug. 19, 2013

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The Center for Adolescent Literacies is hosting a Project 1,000 Tutor Training at Pinewood Elementary School (805 Seneca Place, Charlotte, NC, 28210) on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This training is designed for new tutors working in Project 1,000 programs or others interested in literacy tutoring.

The training will cover the following topics and will include time for questions and answers:

  • Getting to know the learner (student)
  • Informal assessment to help with literacy tutoring
  • Tutoring 101–the basics of tutoring
  • Tools for Tutoring–strategies to meet learners’ needs in tutoring

This is an introductory session. Additional trainings are planned in the future to go into more depth.

Download this handout for more information about the Aug. 19, 2013 Project 1,000 tutor training: 2013 Project 1000 Tutor Training. Check out the  ReadWriteServe tutoring website for more information about the RWS tutoring program and support.

Project 1,000 is an initiative of United Way of Central Carolinas to recruit, train and support 1,000 tutors, mentors and readers to help students in the greater Charlotte region. The Center for Adolescent Literacies ReadWriteServe programs conduct training for Project 1,000.

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eService Learning: Digital Collaboration with Freedom School Scholars

This website was created in collaboration between graduate students at UNC Charlotte and Freedom School Scholars.

This website was created in collaboration between graduate students at UNC Charlotte and Freedom School Scholars.

During the Summer 2013, graduate students in an online course at UNC Charlotte collaborated with high school student Scholars in the Freedom School program at UNC Charlotte to create a website detailing the Scholars’ thoughts on the topic of gun violence. The high school students are part of a Freedom School program for students in grades 9-12 that is being piloted at UNC Charlotte in conjunction with Freedom School Partners, Inc. Freedom School is summer program for low-income youth that has a strong literacy component.

Graduate students enrolled in the READ 6265 Multiliteracies course at UNC Charlotte collaborated with the high school Freedom School Scholars at UNC Charlotte as a collaborative service learning project. This project culminated during the week of July 8-12, 2013 during the Freedom School Integrated Reading Curriculum time (IRC). IRC is a shared reading time in which Scholars and their servant leader intern (teacher) read and discuss books around a topic. This year’s topic was gun violence and Scholars read a variety of books and texts about this topic. During the July 8-12 week, they read the book, Gun Violence, edited by Lauri S. Scherer.

The Multiliteracies graduate students worked in groups to plan ideas for the Freedom School Scholars to read the book, discuss and share their ideas about gun violence in a website that was created for the project. The two groups used a blog to discuss the readings and the project.

The digital tools like the blog and website were important for two reasons. First, the READ 6265 Multiliteracies course is an online course in which students do not meet face to face so the use of a planning wiki, the blog and the website were essential for collaboration. Second, the Freedom School Scholars wanted to be able to share what they were learning with policy makers and others. The group travels to Washington, DC in July where they will meet with Senator Kay Hagan and with staff from the Children’s Defense Fund. The website allows for the project to last as an artifact of their learning.

Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Service Learning project typically take place between teachers, students and community partners working in the same physical space. This project added the challenge of having graduate students in an online course work with high school students in a summer program. The Center for Adolescent Literacies supported this initiative and advocates for initiatives like this that promote engaged and meaningful teaching and learning.

Freedom School Partners is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides quality summer Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® programs for students in grades K-12  living in Charlotte’s inner-city neighborhoods.

The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program provides summer and after-school enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. Children are taught using a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components: high quality academic enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health.

The Center for Adolescent Literacies at UNC Charlotte focuses on developing instruction to make literacy and learning relevant and effective for adolescents and those who work with them.

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