Writer’s block is real. It can be the brick wall that stands between success and failure. And it can be the force that prevents students from completing writing assignments.
You’ll be kicked out of college! You’ll never be able to have a well-defended argument! It's just dishonest! Each of my writing units begins with sharp warnings about plagiarism.
As we kickoff 2018, the media is already reporting upon key issues that will define the new year. These issues include women's rights, sexual harassment, DACA, the tax code, healthcare, unions, prescription drug abuse, cryptocurrency, and many others.
Running an effective writing workshop can be a challenge on its own, but there are some supplies that can keep the writing process organized and effective for you and your students. Here, I've compiled a list of my essential writing workshop supplies to get you through the rest of the year!
For Thanksgiving this year, I decided to go back to the roots of our celebrated "Turkey Day" to address the fact that the original Thanksgiving had nothing to do with pilgrims or turkeys at all.
In screenwriting (writing for movies and TV), the logline is key to brainstorming story ideas and also selling them or "pitching" them to buyers. Crafting loglines can help the writer to flesh out new plot ideas before writing the entire script. It's much easier to revise the logline rather than an entire hundred page script!
Writing goes all ways: forwards, backwards, sideways, over there, and over here. In fact, the only piece of the writing process that occurs at a set point in time is publishing.
Do you ever see something like this when grading literary analysis essays?
“Frankenstein’s monster says, ‘If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!’” This shows that the monster wants to cause fear.”
TeachWriting.org has announced a new writing project for the 2017-2018 school year. This year, the collaborators at TeachWriting are creating DAILY WRITING PROMPTS via their Facebook Page.
Using photography is an excellent way to inspire writing. Photos can be used to prompt personal narratives, persuasive essays, creative pieces, op-eds, thematic analysis, and more!
Creative writing is the art of constructing original ideas by synthesizing literary elements and techniques to communicate an overarching theme about life. Oftentimes in our English classes, we spend more time on the deconstruction process, analyzing works of art by taking them apart.
This fall, a group of English teachers is coming together to share tips, strategies, and lessons for teaching English on the secondary level through Facebook LIVE! This series will take place from August 1-15, and a different English teacher will broadcast every single day.
I will be broadcasting on August 2nd at 9:00pm EST, and I am so excited to share strategies for crafting commentary for literary analysis essays. This is the one essay skill that is a challenge for both students and teachers. Hopefully, we can come together to share ideas for how to target this writing skill from the very beginning of the school year!
Be sure to follow the Bespoke ELA Facebook Page so that you will be alerted when I go LIVE.
Here is the lineup of topics and presenters for the ELA LIVE Series. Click on each presenter to go directly to that person's Facebook page for their FB LIVE broadcast! We hope to see you in the comments.
The beginning of the school year is an important time to assess the writing skill levels of new students in our English classes. One way to do this is to assign a diagnostic essay in order to "diagnose" each student's writing level.
The term “struggling” writer really applies to every single human being. We have all struggled with writing at some point and will continue to struggle moving forward. The difference between successful writers and unsuccessful writers (“success” being defined as students who turn in completed essays that convey meaning effectively versus those who do not) lies in being able to work through frustration.
Oftentimes when people grimace at the thought of “English class,” it’s because of their haunting memories of failed writing assignments.
Essay shaping sheets are essentially templates for writing that guide students through the writing process. A shaping sheet can be as small as a sentence template or as large as an entire paragraph or even essay. But are these tools helpful, or do they ultimately hinder student development? Well, the million-dollar answer to this question is… it depends.
Motivating struggling writers can be quite a challenge. With struggling writers, it is important to create high-interest assignments that students will want to work on, assignments that they will want to put forth the effort on in order to succeed. If struggling students are bored with a writing topic, they won’t be as invested in it and won’t want to put the time and effort in to make it the best it can be.
Teaching high school seniors makes for an interesting group of students because they've mostly already passed their standardized tests and know their next steps in life-- college, work, military, etc.
I can't believe that another school year is almost over! Are you looking for super quick and easy reflective prompts to wrap up the end of the year? Here is a list of TEN songs along with prompts to inspire reflective writing.
An essential skill for secondary English Language Arts is the practice of argumentation. Some writers view all modes of writing as arguments; thus, rhetorical skills are key to crafting persuasive messages for targeted audiences.