I finally figured out how to embed a widget to show when various pages on this site were last updated! It took me about 15 minutes to copy and paste the code on to each page & now this site will be a more accurate representation of what I'm teaching & when for visitors. It will also let my students know when I haven't updated the page for a new year. The fix was easier than I suspected (I just kept googling and watching Youtube videos until I figured it out), and now one more thing that has been plaguing me is off my list! YAY! Check it out at the bottom of most classroom pages.
And, if you have another idea that is better-suited for this (or you want to teach me better code!) let me know. I'm always open to new ideas!
My ELA 11 students have been PARCC Testing for the last week. I'm excited for the testing to be over. I'm also disappointed I will not see the results of this test until next fall -- when I will no longer have most of the students in class. Either way, I think we're all looking forward to being finished with PARCC testing & getting back to our regular classroom lives.
Today I discovered an awesome website: http://www.litcharts.com/
These charts are created by the original editors of SparkNotes (a site I still see the merit to, even though my students use it incorrectly). The Lit Charts put all of the review information into a handy PDF guide for each text. So far I've downloaded The Great Gatsby, Macbeth, and The Awakening.
I haven't decided exactly how I will be using them, but I do know that it will be fun!
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Kari teaches English I to 9th graders (!) and other electives in rural Iowa. Her husband is also an English teacher, and their friends have sworn to never help them move again because "even libraries don't have that many books."