Posts Tagged ‘performance’

2EB2B2D51-06E7-6FEB-8C2B511EFBD1BC46We know many of you are on February break, a time for you to relax and refresh.  Without the pressure of daily lessons and the myriad other responsibilities teachers have,  we hope you can also explore new resources to stimulate your learning enjoyment and to motivate  students.  With GREAT PERFORMANCES, produced by WGBH in Boston, you’ll find outstanding works to engage and enlighten you as well as students, especially with the assistance of GREAT PERFORMANCES FOR EDUCATORS. (more…)

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storytellingStorytelling, an ancient art form, is what humans do best.  One of four lessons for grades 6-8, this lesson has students draw on their understanding of different types of narratives to inspire and enrich their own storytelling. It is based on three other lessons that introduce students to narrative traditions and storytelling from Alaska, Hawaii and other cultures through work with varied narratives, objects, and performance.

One theme woven through these lessons is the diverse nature and form of narratives. All of the narratives presented draw on the great range and variety of stories related to cultural resources available to teacher and student alike. Remember that although the term “narrative” is frequently applied to written texts and oral stories, narratives may also be inherent in a painting, a dance, an object, or an historical record.


  • Create original stories; share them with others orally and in writing, employing language arts practices such as pre-writing (gathering and organizing experiences), drafting, revising collaboratively, polishing and presenting work
  • Experience stories from a range of cultures and recognize both the commonalities and distinctions in styles and motifs of storytelling
  • Begin to identify key aspects of narratives, such as character, setting, action, conflict, and resolution
  • Begin to gain understanding of audience, author, and viewpoint in the context of narrative.

To check out more storytelling lesson plans with Common Core State Standards go to:

Storytelling: Oral Traditions Lesson Plan

Storytelling: Tales of Everyday Life Lesson Plan

Storytelling: Performance and Art Lesson Plan

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By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, eSchool News, January 16, 2013 — Prominent international tests skew comparisons of test scores, and U.S. student performance actually ranks much higher than believed, according to a new report released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The truth, says the report, is that—when comparing apples to apples in weighing U.S. student performance against that of other industrialized countries—U.S. students don’t rank 25th in math, but 10th; and in reading, the country is not 14th, but 4th.

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From news wire services as published in eSchool News, July 13, 2012 –  GPAs for college admissions are cited as a key reason why those A’s, B’s, C’s, are still coming home on most high school report cards, despite moves to scrap the grading system in favor of one that gives parents more information about a student’s progress.

Numerous elementary schools around the country have moved to so-called standards-based grading and report cards. Many middle schools are on board, as well. But high schools have been much slower to embrace the change. Still, some schools have adopted both methods that provide parents with clear indications of their child’s performance in class, while satisfying the requirements for college admission.

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