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…

Teaching Invisible Man

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison is a rich, complex, and engaging novel.  It won the U.S National Book Award in 1953 and remains relevant to this day! Here is a range of resources for teaching this intriguing novel focusing on six of the motif recurring throughout the book: (1) Real/Surreal;…

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…