Oh, and he teaches high school English every day. I can't imagine a more connected expert than one who remains in the trenches, where Burke has been for more than 25 years. Today let's take a tour of the FREE resources he offers through his website, English Companion.com:
- Handouts from his workshops - These are detailed and fabulous! He provides them even if you haven't attended one of the workshops, saying: "You are...welcome to download and use the materials if they will help you do your work better." Wow.
- Links to Industry Research and Reports - Are you in grad school? Writing papers? These are super resources for you!
- Tools and Techniques - Includes Burke's Academic Essentials Matrix and a short video on using graphic organizers
- Documents and Resources for Teaching AP
And here are my favorites:
- Digital Textbook - From NPR's This I Believe to Time magazine's Pictures of the Week to Peace Corps Stories, these amazing sites allow you to move away from dry textbooks to dynamic resources that you can use to teach your students "how to read an image or how to write about one; how to analyze a website or how to craft a particular type of sentence or organize a paragraph a certain way." Simply fantastic!
- Tools for Teachers - Templates for notes of every kind, including episodic, hierarchical, and inference. Below is his Vocabulary Squares template, which can be used to "help readers process the word in different ways, all proven useful through...research." It is sophisticated, therefore more useful for high school students than are simpler ones.
Want to read his blog? Go to Jim Burke: The English Teacher's Companion. You can also see Mr. Burke's homepage at Burlingame High School. If you're interested in purchasing his books, they are available on his website, as well as on Amazon.com.
For those of you who teach secondary reading (including reading in the content area) or English/Language Arts, I hope you'll have fun finding what you can use from the work of the amazing Jim Burke!