Links to English resources in TIG

There are a number of ways that you could use TIG in an English class. Below are some ideas to get you started.

Activities in the Lesson database

Lesson database - You can search by curriculum area in the database. At times, these lessons might also link to outside resources leading you to even more resources. By searching for 'Language Arts' resources, these are some of the results I found:

Thematic poetry
Students use the resources of to become informed about a theme of their choice. They then compose a poem that expresses their thoughts and feelings about that topic to then turn into a short video.

Rostislav and Julianna
"Rostislav and Julianna" is an international collaborative project featuring the work of students in the United States and Montenegro. Students analyze "Romeo and Juliet", extracting prominant themes and characters. They then apply these to a different cultural/historical situation, in this case Montenegro.

Blogs and forums

Discussion boards
Look at how members use language to persuade when offering up different perspectives on a current issue or event. Students can craft their own contribution to a discussion board using persuasive language and by building on ideas from other members.

Look at how opinion and personal voice is expressed in blog posts. Students can leave comments on the blogs to continue the conversation or craft their own blog posts.

TIG Magazines

Panorama Magazine
Read and examine articles in the magazine. Look at structure of non-fiction writing and identify agendas or bias by the authors. Research a topic of interest (using TIG resources) and then write their own articles which can be submitted for publishing.

TIG Magazine
This magazine is built around a theme. Look at how the theme is developed through different types of articles and writing.

Setting up collaborative projects through TIG

One of the most powerful aspects of TIG is to set up collaborative projects between students in your own class and those from other places. Students find corresponding with those in other countries very motivating and may help get some of your reluctant writers going.

Searching the collaborative database
Find a collaborative partner using the collaborator database search in TIGed or use the general member search in the main section of TIG.