Critiquing or Grading Writing

It is helpful to understand the difference between critiquing student writing and grading student writing.  This link, Critiquing or Grading can help you create a rubric that achieves your goals. Students will appreciate knowing how they are being assessed, too.  So, I recommend clarifying the goals and allowing students to practice…

Literacy is More than Books and Pens

     “Where’s an English teacher when you need one?” began Dr. Robert Probst, at a session I attended at a Conference on English Leadership.  His speech reminded us that like parents, we educators prepare our students to do without us.  In order to achieve this we must understand two concepts…

Literature Circles

Structured Discussions Modified Literature Circles are a good way to get students to talk about literature and stay on topic.  Attached is an adaptation of the literature circle roles described by Harvey Daniels. This Literature Circle Discussion Guide is easily modified to accommodate students in different grades and for a range of…

Writing From Patterns

Patterning is a great way to have students practice what they learn about language and literature. As you view this set of workshop slides, you'll find lots of ideas you can incorporate into your lessons to help students understand better how stories, poetry, and articles are structured and how to use…

Multi-Genre Projects

Research and Cross Curricular Connections This post page will be devoted to sharing links to multi-genre projects I've designed and those my generous colleagues give me permission to add to the page. Author Project - Based on the writing of Nobel Laureates for Literature Living History -This integrated project is…