Weekly Tribes 2018: Imagine, now Write!

This combination of energizers comes from Susan in Arizona, a professional development consultant and student in the current Tribes Basic Online Course (BOC).  Susan has written and produced two award winning children’s albums that use Music as Literature, Two ‘Read -With -Me’–‘Sing-With -Me ‘ activity books, and taught Creative Drama and math manipulative workshops for teachers […]

Weekly Tribes 2014 – April is National Poetry Month

Here is a website full of ideas for all grade levels to get you and your students into the act of writing and appreciating poetry in all kinds of forms. Rather than leaving poetry to the Language Arts teacher, think of how you can use various poetic devices in reflection, appreciation, inclusive, and influential ways. […]

Weekly Tribes – What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name? Also known as a ‘name poem’, this is where a name is written vertically, with each letter of the name the start of a word or phrase that describe the person or topic of the poem.  This strategy is great for inclusion, but it is even more useful as an authentic […]

Poetry Tower Building

TITLE:  Poetry Tower Building GRADE: 4 – 8 MATERIALS/TIME REQUIRED:  LOTS of index cards, various sizes and colors (at least twenty packs…but you can re0use forever!)…some prep time is required, but, again, you can reuse.  40-50 minutes PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION – A You Question, Energizer, or Linking Strategy: Can you name a poem you have […]

Historical People Poems

TITLE:  Historical People Poems GRADE:  4 – 8 MATERIALS/TIME REQUIRED:  Technology!?  This learning experience is all about desktop publishing, graphic design, accessing the www.  40 minutes – several days, depending on the grade level, level of difficulty PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION – A You Question, Energizer, or Linking Strategy: Ask students, “When I say ‘name poem’, […]

Multiple Intelligence (Circular Curriculum) for “Beowulf”

TITLE: Multiple Intelligence (Circular Curriculum) for “Beowulf”. **note: students must know something about multiple intelligences, including their own. This activity is appropriate after the material has been read. 7th graders read an abridged, teacher-created version of “Beowulf”. (Contact us if you want a sample of a teacher-created version.) GRADE: 7 – 9 MATERIALS/TIME REQUIRED: poster […]