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…

Research – Beginning in Teams

Students often are surprised to learn how much they already know or can gather from resources other than the Internet. This  Information Hunt  can help get your students off to a good start researching information for writing or speaking assignments.  Assigning the questions can be a way of introducing inexperienced researchers to…

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…

Fall MCTE and NCTE Presentations

Professional Development comes in two forms: **** Presenting workshop sessions during which one shares ones own experiences **** Attending conferences and conventions to meet, greet, hear and learn from others This fall, I'll be able to do both.  First, I'll giving a workshop at the Michigan Council of Teachers of…

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…

Videos for Teachers

Michael Blau recommends this site with links to videos for teachers. "Bringing multimedia into the classroom is a great way to engage students in learning. Supplementing lessons, opening up new interests, and offering inspiration, online videos make for an incredible teaching tool. In 2010, we covered our favorite 100 video…

Range of Resources – Common Core Aids

Common Core Teacher Resources Click on any of the lines to be taken to explanations, assignments, and other examples of ways to enhance teaching and improve learning. GENERAL GRADING GUIDELINES General Grading Guidelines for Written Assignments General Grading Guidelines - SLIDES BOOK REPORTS Collage on Common Book or Story -…