Writing Convincing Arguments

Writing Convincing Arguments* "You cannot convince a confused person, so keep things tidy and ordered." Reading Critically "When you read, ask yourself questions like “What is the author trying to prove?” “What is the author assuming I will agree with?” Do you agree with the author? Does the author adequately…

A Day in the Life of…

Measure Comprehension A DAY IN THE LIFE OF…. It’s always fun to find alternative ways for students to show what they know about characters they read about, while practicing other language arts skills.  Here’s one writing assignment called, “DAY IN THE LIFE OF..". that I’m adapting from an assignment found…

Prep for Argumentative Speech or Essay

Argumentative Speech or Essay: Prep is Key Students sometimes misunderstand the subtleties of persuasive and argumentative speaking and writing. Showing this Monty Python video many inspire your students to flesh out their speeches and essays with reasons their listeners/readers should think seriously about ideas presented for their consideration. Whether the…

Write Now about the Future

Journalistic Writing   Here's a great first quarter assignment to get students thinking about the value of post high school education, training and experience, while you teach them journalistic style of story writing. The prompt: For what accomplishment will you receive an award in the arts, academics, athletics, politics, military…

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…