Ideas About Communications - What do you think?

Should we refer to Language Arts, Reading, and Oral Literacy collectively as Communications Arts? Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing; - is this the new communication order? Humans are generally able to listen before they speak, speak before they read, and read before they write. This is not really a new, Earth-shaking revelation! Speak with children, not at them. Assess and reinforce their ability to listen. Listening, speaking, reading and writing are exciting opportunities for educational interaction. These activities truly develop as art forms for learning and appreciating everything life has to offer. In my opinion, listening is the first and greatest communication skill. RA

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George Lucas discusses communications...

... and the power of multimedia!

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Middle School L.A. Academy Handout Page

January 08 2009

This document contains thought about Oral Literacy and how podcasting will enhance language arts classes. There are also a few practical classroom ideas which feature the use of Audacity..
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L.A. Podcasting Workshop PowerPoint

from the January 08 2009
Middle School Academy for Language Arts Presentation
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Literature and Audio Books

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts
This is a collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy. Its purpose is to help facilitate a person’s liberal arts education. “Big ideas don’t fit on a mobile.”

Free Public Domain Audio Books LibriVox

LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. The first step is to get the mp3 or ogg files into your ...
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Audio Books and Free Literature


Librivox, is also trying to get people volunteering to read. Consider joining them!

Browse their list of human-read audio books at Project Gutenberg

Browse their list of computer-generated audio books at Project Gutenberg

Alphabet Aerobics

from Blackalicious

I just thought this was cool!

Reading Rockets

What Parents Can Do: Reading Tips From Kids

By: Reading Is Fundamental

Greece, New York English Language Arts

This home page is the starting point of the ELA web site. Delving a little further into the site will yield
information about the following topics and some others.

Backward Design:Thematic Multi-Genre Unit Planning

Themes & Essential Questions

Multi-Genre Thematic Literature Lists

Complete Approved Literature Lists

ELA Best Practices

Language Resource Guide (6-12)

Tools for Reading, Writing, & Thinking


Almost Any Subject

Vocabulary in paraphrase - students will paraphrase vocabulary words, putting textbook definitions into their own words.

Materials / Software Needed: Any text book - the definitions provided in the glossary or within the paragraphs of text.

Short Description Of The Correlation: Students will redefine the keywords in a given chapter in their own words. This will allow the instructor to be sure the students understand the use of the words in context.

Integration Flashpoints (Key Focal Elements) : Increases general understanding and writing skills.



What’s the connection between music and reading? This link leads you you to a comparison of music skills and reading skills by MENC, the National Association for Music Education.

Study Techniques

Here is a nice link to Study Techniques! The site offers quite a few ides for students about studying, note taking, essays, and many other topics.
(from their website)...


If you're reading this, you are probably looking for a way to improve your study skills or for a way to ace that big test. If that's the case, you're in luck, as this website is designed to take you through the entire process of studying for an exam from preparing to study to actually taking that big exam.
Studying for a big high school, college, or standardized exam can be a daunting task, especially if you are not sure how to approach the subject. Whether you are just trying to understand your notes, or trying to write that essay, you should be able to find the answers to all of your questions here.

What's in a Name?

Go to this site to find out the story behind your name.

Research Idea for "Behind The Name"

Students can report on their name origin and follow-up with thumbnail biographies of a few famous people who have the same first name as theirs.
This project could take the form of a written report, a podcast, or even a video presentation.

The Poetic Table Of The Elements

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Just A Sample!


by Shelia Plemich

From the pool, and later my pores, you exude
To remind me of my filth.
Yet associated with flowing energy
I cherish your acute fragrance.