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Take Five! for Language Arts: 180 bell-ringers that build critical thinking skills (Maupin House) Paperback – January 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Series: Maupin House
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Maupin House; 11.7.2011 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937412032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937412036
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Many school systems across the country are now using this educational resource as it is quickly becoming a standard for educators and administers who are looking for a way to incorporate more writing into the classroom. The fun and engaging prompts allow students to begin each day with critical thinking skills; for teachers, the resource includes direct links from each activity to the corresponding Common Core Standard as well as rubrics and language skill correlations.
And now - Critical Thinking and STEM have collided in my recently released book Inquire, Investigate, Integrate. As lessons move from one science unit to the next (physical, life, earth), students also are given the opportunity to continue the Take Five approach with Language Arts and Math links that boost critical thinking in the classroom. Check out this work as well!

About the Author

Kaye Hagler is an educational consultant who mentors teachers throughout the Southeast.  After receiving her M.Ed, she continued her educational pursuits with post-graduate studies in gifted education at the University of Alabama. She has taught elementary and middle school gifted and high school English. In addition, she serves as a speaker and presenter at workshops and conventions held throughout the United States, including NCTE and IRA national conventions. Recently, she was awarded the Advancement of Alabama Literacy Award for outstanding contributions to the promotion of literacy in the writing process. In addition to Take Five! for Language Arts: 180 bell-ringers, Capstone/Maupin House Press recently released her newest book, Inquire, Investigate, Integrate: K-2 Science Connections with Language Arts and Math Connections. Those looking for an early introduction to STEM tools and resources are encouraged to take a look at this fascinating tool as well.

More About the Author

Veteran educator Kaye Hagler uses critical thinking activities to engage her middle and high school students in the active process of learning. She received her Master's degree in education with post graduate studies in critical thinking. As an educational consultant, she has led workshops and professional seminars throughout the Southeast. A former feature writer and columnist, her writings have been published in newspapers, magazines, and journals. Currently she teaches in Panama City Beach, Florida, with the Bay District School System and serves as an adjunct instructor at Gulf Coast State College.

Following in the footsteps of her parents, lifelong educators, Kaye shares her joy of teaching with her husband Terry, also a veteran teacher.

Customer Reviews

Lessons can be easily tweaked to fit any classroom or time frame.
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Excellent resource for middle school literature and language teachers.
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It is good to see thinking skills being incorporated into any lesson.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By chickensbunniesandhomeschool on December 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was given a copy of the PDF book 'Take 5' from Kaye Hagler in PDF format to review from Librarything.

I was very interested in reading about her ideas for building 'Critical Thinking'.

After reading through her introduction there are 182- ready to use templates which the author calls 'prompts' that are ready to use or modify to individual needs.

Here's a copy of the first one:

act quickly

In literature, the antagonist is often seen as the bad guy or villain.
The antagonist, however, isn't always a human being. It can be
anything that creates conflict with the main character. If a character
gets stranded in a snowstorm, the storm can be the antagonist. The
antagonist could be a disease, a temptation, an opposing team, or even
yourself! If it causes a problem, then it's probably an antagonist.
you are the hero in this story. As a hero, you must
battle many forces. These are your antagonists. You have
just scaled the wall of a castle. It seems empty, but there
are many surprises inside. Opening the door to the Great
Hall, you discover a line of doors on each side. Two doors
are on the left; two doors are on the right. An antagonist
lurks behind each one.

Your task is to make two columns
on your paper.

In the first column, describe the antagonist
you encounter. In the second column, describe how you
overcome your antagonist.

Example:

Fire-breathing dragon - Spray dragon with a fire extinguisher

Four antagonists are ready to do battle-be quick!

There are also extra links that add more than 100 extension lessons. For example the above prompt contains this link - [...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Duffy on January 9, 2013
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Maupin House first caught my attention with Caught'ya!: Grammar With a Gigglea creative approach for practicing and reviewing grammar and writing skills. Take 5! for Language Arts is by a different author, Kaye Hagler, but it follows in the same vein. This is not your core program but a supplement to be used with students in grades 6 through 12.

Take 5! was designed to be used at the start of each class session, to give students an interesting task related to language arts that also challenges students' critical thinking skills. Tasks are supposed to take about five minutes each. However, they are tagged for individual, pair, and group (collaboration) work. While most pair and group activities will work just fine for an individual, they will take longer. Even some individual activities could easily take more than five minutes.

A few examples will give you an idea of what Take 5! is all about. On page 67, "Going Purple" reminds students of the meaning of "going green." for this assignment it says, "Now, however, a new trend is taking place: `Going Purple.' What is the message behind `Going Purple,' and what can people do to help support this cause?" A collaboration task on p. 96, "Mind Your Manners," discusses manner and etiquette briefly then suggests that manners in our present day society might be quite different from those for "cavemen, desert nomads, cannibals, or knights in armor." It continues, "In today's task, each team will select a particular group of people and then create three rules of etiquette for them. Instead of writing the rule down, however, each group will create a brief skit demonstrating the use of this rule.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicolette R. Ludewig on January 20, 2013
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This book has tons of helpful activities, all categorized by what they aim to teach! I would recommend this product!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Cuttill on March 22, 2013
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What a great resource for purposeful writing warm-ups! In the introduction of the book a CD is mentioned, but there is no CD with the book. The problem then is that recreating the exercises for SmartBoard is extremely time consuming. Even the avalibility to a PDF format via a password would be helpful. Having said that, it still is a top quality resource.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JHedges on March 10, 2013
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I use this almost every day with my sophomore English II class. They enjoy the prompts and make them think. Although I would love to have a digital copy to use with my SmartBoard, I can scan the lesson and put it on the board easily.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Davis on March 5, 2013
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I have used this for bell ringers and extensions to lessons I have taught
I only wish I had discovered it sooner!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erin on January 20, 2013
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Loved it. Some of the lessons are a bit long for a warm up (a lot of instructions) but still very effective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cato on April 14, 2014
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The opening activities here are low for 9-12. I would be more satisfied with the warm-up if I taught middle school. There is a useful index, though.
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