October Celebrations

More than HALLOWEEN Learning about and celebrating the cultures of others is a wonderful reason to write. And,  October is a great time to start. For many, October  is time for Harvest Festivals, an ancient celebration revived in many church and community groups as an alternative to Halloween; or All…

Writing in Eighth Grade

Age Appropriate Themes A colleague on social network for teachers posted this query. Because many of you are considering similar issues as you plan for the school year, I decided to include my response as a blog. What themes do you think would resonate with 8 graders that might incorporate all…

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…

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…