Book Launch of Novel

     On June 20,  I launched my new novel ON ZION'S HILL at the Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, Michigan If you'd like a copy, use this link. SYNOPSIS: Angie and Ken, college sophomores committed to earning their degrees, meet at church camp in August, 1963 and experience a…

Organizing a Week of Speeches

Speaking and Listening in CCSS Consider the two sides of communication: the SPEAKER and the LISTENER as you continue to massage your assignments and scheduling. Because critical listening and useful commenting are skills of equal value to speaking well, I ask students to provide written feedback to each speaker.  To…

Revisions that Improve Writing

How Do I Make It Better? " Students sometimes wonder how they can make a well written early draft even better. If you teach them specific steps they can take to improve their writing themselves, you will have taught a skill they can use for life. Consider using alliteration to…

Recommended for Mentors

In April, 2015 Melanie Shoffner, Chair of the NCTE Conference on English Education sent the following recommendations: "Some time ago, you asked about potential resources for Assembly members. In general, I would direct people to the Resources listed on the NCTE website. While books and journals are obviously rich resources, the position statements…

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Sonnets

[caption id="attachment_6961" align="alignleft" width="156"] Image[/caption] Teacher Writes; Students Pattern Ms. Nancy Himel, teacher from LA School District, and her class studiied "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and then she invited them to capture the tale in fourteen words, ending ina rhymed couplet! First, Ms. Himel wrote a sample lazy…
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