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"I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend, but I always thought that I'd see you again."
-Fire and Rain (James Taylor)
Oh, where do I begin with this labor of love? This product guide is unique, zany, out there, and educational. I know it works, as I've used it this year as a test run with my 6th - 8th grade English classes.
Flaming the Inferno is inspired by the video game, Little Inferno, by Tomorrow Corporation. For my test run, I used this guide early in the year to get my students refreshed on . . .
-parts of speech
-interactive critical thinking
This guide certainly benefited my students, as parts of speech (for example) is a large portion of one of their common assessments. Needless to say, with so many mentor sentences included in this guide, the students rocked this portion!
If one chooses to investigate Flaming the Inferno, they may find it helpful to see how I use this with my classes. However, it’s completely up to the teacher, as to how they’d like to utilize the guide.
★ First I give each of the students a handout of the parts of speech they’ll be working with throughout the mentor sentences.
★ I try to complete one section per week in the first 15 - 20 minutes of class (i.e. Flaming the Inferno 1 - Week 1). Some sections are longer than others, so make sure to preview each Flaming Inferno section to decide on what amount of time you’ll require!
★ At the end, the students complete one of the final writing prompts.
Included in the Guide →
4 - 6 Anchor Standards
8 Interactive Stem Directions
9 Review Sheet
10 - 19 Flaming the Inferno 1 Activities
20 - 38 Flaming the Inferno 2 Activities
39 - 55 Flaming the Inferno 3 Activities
56 - 74 Flaming the Inferno 4 Activities
75 - 87 Flaming the Inferno 5 Activities
88 - 98 Flaming the Inferno 6 Activities
99 - 110 Flaming the Inferno 7 Activities
111 - 119 Flaming the Inferno 8 Activities
120 Final Writing Prompt Options
121 - 163 Mentor Sentences Answer Keys
In the end, the key, as an educator, is to be willing to go out of one’s comfort zone and be ready to try something new and innovative. If the results mirror my own classroom, you may be surprised at what your students are able to do!
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