We’d love to “meet” you on Instagram, which is another wonderful way to follow and learn from fellow English teachers. Not only would I love to see you there, I’d also like to give away one copy of our 3 scary short story unit Halloween bundle. Our bundle features The Possibility of Evil by Shirley […]
Are you struggling to encourage your students to read more? Fighting against a culture of test prep, canned reading programs, and educational disinterest? Join the rest of us at 6:30 CST/7:30 EST Suunday, Oct. 7 on Twitter at #BookCampPD where I’m hosting a chat on Donalyn Miller’s The Book Whisperer. Head over to BookCampPD.com to […]
October is the perfect time to engage students in a series of short stories that will spark collaborative discussions and critical thinking.
Three of my best selling units meet each of these criteria — and all of them start with critically reading a high-interest short story and end with a student-selected writing project.
Students tell me they don’t write. They say they have no idea how to respond to prompts, how to add details, how to expand their thinking. Students state they can’t write because they don’t remember (or remember how) to punctuate or capitalize when they’re writing initial drafts. This has got to change. To make that […]
Let’s get real. No matter how often I tell my students that daily quickwriting will help them strengthen their writing muscles, I am convinced that some of them still don’t believe me. No matter how often I demonstrate how one can take a quickwrite from the kernel of an idea to published, award-winning prose, I […]