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Greg McVerry

Why phonological awareness does not end in 2nd grade:

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Good poets get
passed like bad wine,
as I take a jug of Emily Oliver
from Tara. A poet warrior,
opine in prose; precision
in paint splashed on moon rises

Oliver I find interesting
Deep patterns, Ohio hops from
pages; so much form, in the
free form

Yet like a summer wind,once grasped
meaning fades,
of truth still left, honeysuckle
bits stuck in your teeth

As soon as I see
a pattern Mary left for
me, it
that frog sinking
a meaning in bellowing
stalks of commas; hiding
our amphibian friend as
he travels
happily on, needing no
truth at all.

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@erin_bartram Going to be many secondary history teaching programs that will need to rethink field placements and observations, will share this info. We just explored the history of 84 and the Meritt Parkway in my class

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In #edu407 We asked this week why is argumentation considered the highest form of discourse? #literacies

What if asking, "Is It?" is more important than stating, "It is?"

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In many ways though I see the dominance of argument to be a central problem with the enlightenment theory that tried to quantify inequality based on sex and an artificial construct of race. It goes farther then the Enlightenment

The whole idea that man was given dominion over the natural world, which traces further back to Greek ideas of argument in logos, pathos, and ethos....The central dominance of "I" in the organizing force of knowledge.

This is what I want us to question with this prompt. Why isn't reflection considered the apex of thought? Why do butcher Spencer's concept of "fit" apply to Darwin and create worldviews around "survival of the fittest?" What if we took a expansive worldview of how the world works?

Why do we call it the Iron Age and Not the Flax Age?

Maybe these questions all draw from the poisoned wells that where Western knowledge gets drawn. Maybe if we allowed more voices from the beginning we wouldn't think the one who argues the best is the mostest right.

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Published a podcast. Today's episode "Forgotten Forevers" a wondering what happens when they are gone.

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Ideas for Digital #literacies lessons #edu407

Make a Podcast Here is my 2toPonder series and my son's podcast series. Want to make a podcast, just record on your phone or laptop and

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Make a Podcast

Here is my 2toPonder series and my son's podcast series. Want to make a podcast, just record on your phone or laptop and upload the file somewhere.

Use Paper

In my literacy mantra I made a flip book like explanation. I just stacked my phone camera on a bunch of books.

I also do little clip art talks with paper cut outs

You can do "In Plain English" style videos. I always pre write a script. I like to divide it into three columns, the text, me, and ay actions.


Use a Voice Animation Program

Use a Sock Puppet App

This is one of many sock puppets apps on iOS devices that kids love.

Use a text to Speech App

These are fun as all you have to do is type and it gets converted to text. So many uses in the langauge arts classroom.

I made a video about RSS Planets recently for .

Do a Pecha Flickr

You can make a timeline

TimelineJS is a great tool. You turn a Google spreasheet into an interactive multimedia task.

Use Movie Making Apps

So many choices for movie making apps. Yoiu can make book trailers in iOS, short clips in Animoto or try WeVideo on Chrome.

Use an Animation App

There are so many choices on different platforms for animation apps. The key is to remember to enhance your pedagogical goal. What is the animation giving you that just talking to the camera wouldn't? Time is precious.

Use Poetry


More poetry ideas

Make a Website

From a fake Facebook page, movie posters, poems to a Star Wars crawler. You can use ELA content to master the basics of how we read, write, and participate online.

Check out this collection of activities


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Yes! The Kid Lit Collective has pubslished the 2020 Summer Reading List:

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I don't sketch note but I take linear notes...Tons of graph paper. Hey check out today's topic.

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Morgan, wow the cadence in this line, "Hot lead flying, grenades exploding, your brother is dying" great job writing documentary poetry.


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