How to Write a Character Sketch (For Beginners)

A character sketch is description of a person’s qualities or traits. It tells you what makes a person who he/she/it is. Here’s a video describing how to find character traits. It will also talk about character development. The image below sums up what the video is trying to tell you about character traits. Here’s an…

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Alice in Wonderland- The Cartoon Movie

” Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” Just today Videh of 5-B asked me to post three stories as that’s how many stories were due. You all know how busy your teachers have been this past month. And as much as most of you would like it, I can’t upload three stories in…

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Snippet of Wisdom #5

Society has told us a series of mistruths… That pleasure is preferable to the terrifying yet majestic fact that all possibility requires hard work, regular reinvention and a dedication as deep as the sea to leaving our harbours of safety, daily. From “The 5 AM Club” by Robin Sharma. Good day to you!

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Snippet of Wisdom #4

The smallest of implementations is always worth more than the grandest of intentions. From “The 5 AM Club” by Robin Sharma. I guess we are back to the basics with this one. “Actions do speak louder than words” and even intentions. Have a great day!

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Snippet of Wisdom #3

The truth is that every challenging event you’ve experienced, each toxic person that you’ve encountered and all the trials you’ve endured have been perfect preparation to make you into the person that you now are. You needed these lessons to activate the treasures, talents and powers that are now awakening within you. Nothing was an…

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The North Wind and the Sun

A fable is a short story that teaches a lesson or has a moral. The main characters in fables may be animals, legendary creatures and people. Aesop was a Greek fabulist and storyteller who wrote many fables. His fables are collectively known as “Aesop’s Fables”. Here is one of his fables for you. It’s called…

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Snippet of Wisdom #1

Hi everyone! I wanted to share something amazing I have started to read. I haven’t even finished the second chapter and I am already blown away by the reservoir of wisdom this book contains. In case you’re wondering, I am talking about “The 5 AM Club” by Robin Sharma. I thought since it’s so useful…

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A Book Review By a 5th Grader!

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am feeling to be sharing this- to see my students following in my footsteps and taking forward what was started many months back. A couple of weeks ago, as India was celebrating its Independence Day, I had urged some of my students to free themselves of…

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Alice in Wonderland- Story of the Week

Alice is a little girl who finds herself in an unusual world. She sees things she had never dreamt in this topsy-tuvry land. Find out more about her adventures in the story below. Do pay special attention to the diction, voice modulation and sentence structure. When I speak to my students, many of them tell…

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20 Children’s Book That Redefine Gender Roles

Children are exposed to gender roles sometimes in very obvious ways, but sometimes very subtly. One of the subtle ways was the fairytales and story books we read while growing up where the girl was always the damsel in distress in need of being saved by a handsome and strong boy. Ugh! There were many…

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Peter Pan

Stories take us to a different world. Let’s see what happen in the world of Peter Pan. Here’s the story. So, how did you find the story? Any connections that you made? Any predictions that you came up with as you were listening? Do share your thoughts below. Happy learning!

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Word of the Day- August 7, 2019 and Special Mention

Don’t you collaborate almost everyday in school? So do you have any interesting stories to share of the time you collaborated? How did the work turn out to be? Do you like collaborating? Do you think it’s important? I think we must congratulate the person who contributed this word. It’s none other than… Ananya Goel…

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A Special Comment on the Word of the Day- July 3, 2019

The blog on July 3rd featured the word “exotic”. I received a lot of brilliant sentences on the word. (Click here in case you want to read that post again.) However, there was one comment that stood out for me. Here are the reasons why: 1. Due to the effort put in by the person.…

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Word of the Day- May 7, 2019 : Special Mention

The Word of the Day has been contributed by Devansh Trehan of class IV-E. He came across this word while reading “Alice in Wonderland”. Click the link below to check out the pronunciation of “perplexed” in British English: Pronunciation of “perplexed“. Let’s put our thinking caps on: Why do you think the visual of the…

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Reading Strategies

A good reader is consciously or unconsciously always using these strategies while reading. Well, to be more precise, while learning, these strategies are consciously used, but once a person keeps reading using these strategies, it becomes an automated process. These strategies have proved beneficial in more than one way in the classes I teach. My…

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10 Ways to Say “Beautiful” in English

Everytime my students describe something with the words ” beautiful/ nice” like- “The dress looked “beautiful/nice”, “The place was “beautiful/nice”, I tell them to use more descriptive words to show what they saw. It is one of the first ways to make the reader of your story, visualize details. (Remember, the reading strategy that makes…

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The 5 Finger Rule of Choosing the Just Right Books

Good readers are somehow good writers and speakers too. I have seen this with most of my students over the years. Even with me, the books I read somehow have a direct impact on the way I speak and write. Just now, while reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” for a book discussion with my…

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How to Choose the Just- Right Book

To enjoy reading, we must learn how to choose the right book.

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Word of the Day- November 13, 2018

abecedarian (adjective) arranged alphabetically Sentence– The girl decided to organize the files in an abecedarian manner so she could find what she was looking for by name more easily.

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The Talkative Barber- Audio

Here’s the audio to the story of “The Talkative Barber“. Close your eyes and see if you can visualize the whole story in your mind. Do notice the voice modulation, diction and pauses of the reader. Also, do mention if you think of any connections or were able to visualize anything while listening to the…

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Don’t Keep Using ‘very’! There are Better Words!

Learn new and better words to replace ‘very’

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Word of the Day- November 11, 2018

aplomb (noun) self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation Sentence– During the bomb scare, the teacher managed the children with aplomb and kept everyone calm. Question– What visual comes to your mind when you see this word? I can visualize a child standing on the stage with bright lights all around. She is…

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Word of the Day- November 9, 2018

proactive (adjective) creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened Sentence– The proactive student who worked on his weak areas with a plan in mind, scored better than his friend who idled away his time in video games and studied at the last moment.

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The Art of Writing Narratives

A good story has certain elements and a structure. Find out more about them through these interesting resources.

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