Decorating a 9/10th grade English room

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  1. TheConspiracy

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    Well, I am beginning to amass things for my new room and I am visiting places like the local slvation army to get books for my classroom library (not a bad deal at 50c to $1 each) and I am giving some thought to how I want the room decorated.

    I want to put up posters and have a lot of visual stimuli, but here in FL we have what are called "sunshine state standards" that dictate what can and cannot be up. HOWEVER I cannot find a list of what is and is not okay. So, I figured I would go safe with starting with some poster prints of works by Picasso, Van Gogh and Matisse. I think it would be best to stay away from any artwork with religious depiction (fine by me since I am Jewish and most depictions are of Jesus or the Virgin Mary anyway). Maybe a little dada art work be good or some posters of prints by Jackson Pollack.

    I was also thinking I would be unlikely to get flack if I had posters of Einstein and MLK in my room.

    But I was wondering if anyoen knew of eny prints of pictures of authors? The only one I can think of the the depiction of Gertrude Stein by Picasso - but there has to be more out there.

    I was also thinking about getting a poster outlining the parts of speech and maybe designing my own poster about the elements of the 5 paragraph essay and the prewriting stage and having them printed up at Kinkos. I was also thinking about printing out a few banners with favorite quotes about learning or the Language Arts on them.

    Any other ideas for classroom visual stimuli in a high school setting? It seems that people pay a lot of attention to visual stimui in the K-8 environment. However, on-line stores for teacher supplies have little to no visual stimuli for the late secondary stages of learning.

    ~J
     
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    I get a poster catalog which has awesome posters primarily for middle and high school. They are separated into subject areas and inspirational themes. That's all they sell. I'm going in tomorrow and will try to remember to bring it home. My local teacher store does have banners and BB sets that are appropriate for high school. Did you google anything in the search for authors? Our art classroom has works of art up so I try not to duplicate that. You could also blow up some beautiful poems at Kinkos.
     
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    www.allposters.com has posters for these authors: :eek: :wow:
    William Shakespeare
    Edgar Allan Poe
    Harriet Tubman
    Anne Frank
    Anton Chekhov
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Arthur Miller
    Carl Sandburg
    Cervantes
    Charles Baudelaire
    Charles Bukowski
    Charles Dickens
    Charlotte Black Elk
    Charlotte Bronte
    Dr Samuel Johnson
    E. E. Cummings
    Edgar Allan Poe
    Elizabeth Barrett B...
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Emile Zola
    Emily Bronte
    Emily Dickinson
    Ernest Hemingway
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Flannery O'Connor
    Frederick Douglass
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Gary Soto
    Geoffrey Chaucer
    George Eliot
    George Orwell
    Gustave Flaubert
    Hans Christian Ande...
    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Harriet Tubman
    Henrik Ibsen
    Henry David Thoreau
    Henry Wadsworth Lon...
    Herman Melville
    Isabel Allende
    Jack Kerouac
    James Baldwin
    James Fenimore Cooper
    Jane Austen
    Johann Wolfgang von...
    John Milton
    John Muir
    John Steinbeck
    Jonathan Swift
    Jorge Luis Borges
    Jose Marti
    Joseph Addison
    Jules Verne
    Julia Alvarez
    Kate Chopin
    Kenneth Grahame
    L. Frank Baum
    Langston Hughes
    Leo Tolstoy
    Lewis Carroll
    Lord Byron
    Louisa May Alcott
    Mark Twain
    Mary Wollstonecraft
    Maxim Gorky
    Maxine Hong Kingston
    Maya Angelou
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Nicholasa Mohr
    Octavio Paz
    Oscar Hijuelos
    Pearl S. Buck
    Ralph Ellison
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Richard Wright
    Robert Frost
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    Samuel Taylor Coler...
    Sandra Cisneros
    Shirley Jackson
    Sojourner Truth
    Sor Juana Ines de l...
    Stephane Mallarme
    Stephen Crane
    Thomas Hardy
    Tim Giago
    Toni Morrison
    Upton Sinclair
    Victor Hugo
    Voltaire
    W.E.B. Du Bois
    Walt Whitman
    Washington Irving
    Willa Cather
    William Carlos Will...
    William Cullen Bryant
    William Faulkner
    William Shakespeare
    Zora Neale Hurston
     
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    WOW!!! That is a great list!!

    ~J
     
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    If you are doing author studies, the above sites would be great. If you are going to study themes, you can correlate an author poster to the appropriate theme. What content will you be teaching, do you know yet?
     
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    I don't think I will get a content list until I do my fingerprinting on Monday.

    I am assuming that 9/10 grade will do some author surveys and have a great deal of focus on the parts of speech and the writing process.

    I know that 10th grade is an FCAT year, and so I have been browsing FCAT standards for cues as to what 1/3 of my students will need to know.

    I'm hoping I will get a small amount of lattitude as to what books and/or authors are covered. But as I am new to this, I don't really know yet.

    It is going to take me a few weeks to prepare, so I am hoping I will get my content list soon as well as a copy of my grade level text books!

    ~J
     
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    Should be an interesting year.
     
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    9th grade has an FCAT as well, and how well they do on it determines if they have to take a remedial reading class in 10th. I taught 9th grade remedial reading this past year in Florida, so i can answer many questions about FCAT.
     
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    Perhaps you could put up a bunch of SAT-frequent words and their definitions. I saw that done in one high school.
     
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    Not to devolve into an FCAT discussion - but as a new teacher will I be able to find any better resources to know how to prep the students for the FCAT that just googling?

    I would love to put up a list of frequent FCAT vocabulary words - I just need to know which ones they are!

    ~J
     
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    You will get a lot of FCAT prep materials with your teacher texts. If you want to know more, you can send me a pm.
     

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