Alyve is a collection of open learning resources made available for students and teachers to use freely. No ads will ever be used on the web site. This collection is personally maintained by an educator with over 40 years of experience.
Old content is still available on web pages I created for my classes at several schools, and I am in the process of recreating and updating material so that it is more easily accessed from multiple devices. The most recent content completed in the new format is:
- Introduction to Acting is a workshop course that requires a group of students. The focus of the class is on developing the “total student”, including the development of personal resources, self-confidence and the ability to work well with others. Students will learn basic acting skills such as improvisation and stage movement.
- Romeo and Juliet - This page includes learning activities that analyze how Shakespeare unfolds a tragedy and tells a story of fate, love, beauty, and identity. Students analyze Shakespeare’s craft and how he uses the structure of the text and elements of classical tragedy to refine central ideas, advance the plot, and create effects such as tension.
- Hamlet - This page includes learning activities that analyze the play through the close study of Hamlet’s soliloquies and other key scenes to determine how Shakespeare’s language and choices about how to structure the play impact character development and central ideas. The showing of a filmed version of the play in select lessons supplements learners’ understanding of plot and background points and encourages one to consider actors’ interpretations of the text.
- Macbeth - This page includes learning activities that analyze how Shakespeare’s structural choices and use of language contribute to the development of characters and central ideas (e.g., imbalance and disorder, contemplating mortality, fate versus agency, and appearance versus reality).
- AP Calculus AB is a college-level calculus course designed to meet the Advanced Placement curricular requirements for Calculus AB (equivalent to one semester of college calculus). The major topics of this course are limits, derivatives, integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
- AP Calculus BC is a college-level calculus course designed to meet the Advanced Placement curricular requirements for Calculus BC (equivalent to one year of college calculus). The major topics of this course are limits, derivatives, integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and series.
- The Online Writing Lab contains resources for writing a research paper and other academic writing, including comprehensive details about MLA, APA and Chicago Manual of Style citation and format styles. This page also contains sample papers, slide presentations, and posters.
- A Place at the Table: a learning module that explores diverse groups who have been pushed to the margins of American society. Despite the pain caused by exclusion, hatred and injustice in our nation's history, the men and women who, when told by the larger society to "stay in their place," insisted that "their place" was at the American table. This learning module was adapted from materials provided by Teaching Tolerance
- Wildlife Population Growth is a Math Project Based Learning unit that focuses on using exponential growth and decay models to solve real-life problems. Students build a mathematical model of projected changes in moose population in the Adirondack National Forest, beginning with the selection of factors that must be reflected in the model, including migration rates, sex ratios, reproductive rates, and rates of importation.
- Maximum Cookies is a math Problem Based Learning unit that focuses on the use of graphs of linear inequalities to analyze and solve problems. The central unit problem involves a bakery that produces two kinds of cookies: plain and iced. The bakery faces constraints on ingredients, preparation time, and oven space. The two kinds of cookies require different amounts of ingredients and earn different amounts of profit. The task for students is to determine how many of each kind of cookie the bakery should produce to maximize overall profit.
- Shakespeare Resources - This page includes links to a variety of quality web sites that provide resources for the study of Shakespeare and his work.