Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Early Bird Registration For Summer

Share this with your students! A discount and an idiom, too.


Teacher Idea: Stories For Others

Thanks to Kevin for another interesting installment in our Teacher Ideas series.

Stories For Others, by Kevin Lathrop


Adriana’s story happened about seven years ago. She and a group of friends, all between twenty-two and twenty-seven, planned a camping trip in the mountains. The first six departed for their destination on a Friday. The other six followed on Sunday. Both rode buses over treacherous, switchback roads. Those in the second group died en route. Three buses plummeted in a single accident, and everyone on board perished. The buses were never found. Silvia and her friends who traveled safely on Friday didn't get the news until Monday. The survivors were very sad and performed a ceremony at their camp in the mountains for their lost companions.


Manuel’s story happened a long time ago, about fourteen years ago. When he first came to New York, he felt the big difference between this city and his hometown in Ecuador. His brother came to the airport to pick him up. It was a nice day, but the next morning his brother and others had to go to the work. They left Manuel the keys and told him to relax. Manuel got bored and went out, making sure to remember the building number. When he returned from his walk, he could not find the building. He looked and looked and became increasingly frantic, to the point of wanting to return to Ecuador immediately. He finally went into a store, found someone who spoke Spanish, borrowed a telephone and called his family in his hometown. His sister answered and asked where he was. She explained that his brother was looking everywhere for him. When the two brothers reunited, Manuel was told to be careful next time. “You are in New York, not on a farm,” his brother said.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Vocabulary On The Street Project

I thought I'd share something that we've been doing in my afternoon Vocabulary Through Reading class this term. I have asked students to send me a picture, once a week, of vocabulary, idioms or phrases they see on the street. I compile the photos, and we talk about these words the students find. This is their chance to share where they saw the word, talk about what they learned about it, or simply ask questions. Have a look!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Plant Sale at LIC Roots

Support the green spaces in Long Island City!

Hungry Planet: What The World Eats

Thanks to Wayne for bringing this photo project to our attention. Try these photos for a writing or speaking prompt! Click on any image to access the full gallery.

Hungry Planet: Matsuda Family - Japan

Hungry Planet: Patkar Family - India

Hungry Planet: melander Family - Germany