Using Commas Correctly

Grammar: Using Commas It may sound silly, but it works.  Get PHYSICAL!  All you need is access to technology to project sentences on to white board and markers in lots of colors. Have ready to project a list of sentences requiring commas for different reasons.  As you review the comma rules, invite…

Human Interest Story

Journalism: Organizing Article   With what prestigious award will you be honored in 25 years? Paragraph 1 Who, what, when, where, why, and how about award ceremony Paragraph 2 Education and career of winner (you in 25 years) Paragraph 3 Others who have won the honor in the past Paragraph…

Ignite Writing by Patterning

“There’s nothing new under the sun!” True, but students can be inspired by the old to do something new for themselves. Sounds weird, but that’s exactly what can occur when students we invite to pattern the writing they read.  Students soon learn that close reading, analysis and imitation unleash bursts…

Successful Writing Program

An approach proven successful for me has taken several years to develop.  But it does seem to encourage students to do their best work the first time.  This approach includes incremental grading, allotting in-class time for peer responses to second and third drafts, including the class general grading guideline and…