Writing

Writing: Instruction Trajectory

Writing can feel very frustrating for students once they reach high school.  Even students who have traditionally been good writers may start to feel some stress.  I have come to understand that a lot of this frustration comes from how we teach writing in school.   Watch the video below to see how we the trajectory of writing instruction can impact our essay writing stress levels.   Like 0

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Writing Tips: Editing with Text to Speech Apps

Writing well can be very time-consuming. Part of the writing process is learning how to edit our own text. Editing our own work can be difficult what we are trying to say does not get communicated to the reader. One of the most effective ways to edit our writing is to have another person read it out loud, but this is not always possible.  Watch the video to find out about a fast technological solution that will help you edit…

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Writing Tips: Starting Your Introduction

Introductions can be the hardest part of an essay to write. A lot of this difficulty is the result of how we teach academic writing.  Writing instruction generally peaks in about 5th or 6th grade when students are still writing creatively.  The goals of creative writing and academic are similar but also differ in important ways. Watch the video below to learn how to get unstuck when writing your next essay.     Like 0

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Analyzing Literature: Using Harry Potter

Do you feel stuck when you write in English class? Academic writing is centered around finding and analyzing themes. Themes help us talk about literature in conjunction with other literature because we can connect ideas and concepts. However, learning to do this can be very hard because it is abstract. Students can learn to do this type of analysis with something they know very well. Watch this video to see how you can use Harry Potter to improve your writing.  …

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Note Taking Template: Literature

I have created a note-taking template that students can use to help guide their literature reading so they can write a thoughtful and polished essay with less stress. Using this template as students read will help them avoid time-consuming strategies such as re-reading to find relevant quotes or flipping through a mountain of sticky notes throughout the book. I have included additional lists and reflective questions to help students jump-start their reading and writing process  Using a template can help students…

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