In Defense of the Villain: Teaching Persuasive Writing

With shows like The Making of a Murderer, How to Get Away With Murder, Bull, Criminal Minds, and Law and Order: SVU (and even the podcast Serial), the legal system becomes ever-popular among teenagers and adults alike. And we all know how many internet users fancy themselves law students when any controversial case pushes its … Continue reading In Defense of the Villain: Teaching Persuasive Writing

Writing about Reading: The Standardized Test Essay

Sometimes, responding to a standardized test's writing prompt feels like rocket science. Before the test, you write these beautiful masterpieces. As soon as the proctor says that it's time to start, you altogether forget what language you speak and everything comes out jumbled. Sound familiar to any of you test takers or people who prepare … Continue reading Writing about Reading: The Standardized Test Essay

Mini Lesson: Teaching Tone (with video)

Tone is a tough topic to teach. Students often understand spoken tone much easier than written tone, so it's good to begin where strengths likely lie. This mini-lesson came to me while I was watching TV. The entire lesson branches from a State Farm commercial. It's amazing where we find inspiration. TONE Mini-Lesson Since tone … Continue reading Mini Lesson: Teaching Tone (with video)