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

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)