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From Formula to Freedom, Part I

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | January 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Louis, “For the synthesis question on the AP Language exam (which is basically an argument prompt but the students have to use  sources as CDs),  I’ve heard much talk from other AP teachers that the commentary should still …

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DISCERNING EVIDENCE

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | December 18, 2020 | Comments Off on DISCERNING EVIDENCE

Dear Dr. Louis, Could you remind me of that wonderful three part phrase about concrete detail? With gratitude, Marie S. Dear Marie, Of course! For student writers, knowing how to evaluate what evidence to use in an essay is a …

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A Vertical Vision: A Recipe for Success Part I – Core Literature

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | May 20, 2020 | Comments Off on A Vertical Vision: A Recipe for Success Part I – Core Literature

The Vertical Vision: A Recipe for Success is a four-part webinar series that provides teachers with a practical and effective approach to teaching novel and drama selections while integrating vocabulary, grammar/syntax, and writing strategies. Teachers attending this webinar use their …

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Summertime, and the Reading Is Easy.

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | May 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Louis, Our district is considering summer reading. What is your opinion? Delainey Dear Delainey: One answer: the best of times; the worst of times. I say that because summer reading and any outside reading requirement can be a …

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In Search of the Truth: The Dialectical Journal

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | April 15, 2020 | Comments Off on In Search of the Truth: The Dialectical Journal

I am wondering about the Dialectical Journal form. My students complete dialectical journals as we read our novels, but I love this form that you attached . . . we do them in a journal notebook in class. Now that …

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Making a Difference with The Concluding Sentence

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | January 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Making a Difference with The Concluding Sentence

Hi Dr. Louis! Happy New Year! I have a question for you regarding expository writing. In filling out the T-Chart for a body paragraph, how do you explain the difference between the commentary sentence and the concluding sentence? The ideas …

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Applying the Jane Schaffer Structure

By Alejandra Correa | November 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Applying the Jane Schaffer Structure

Good morning Dr. Louis, I am having my students complete outside reading before they come to class and as a way to support their comprehension and prepare them for a quick reading quiz, I am going to have them write …

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Writing Prompts and Writing Them Well

By Alejandra Correa | October 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Writing Prompts and Writing Them Well

Dear Dr. Louis, I need help with prompt writing, please! Eileen V. Dear Eileen, Well, the first step is asking for help! When I first started teaching eleventh grade English Language Arts, I would become discouraged as I began scoring …

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Special Education

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | July 2, 2019 | Comments Off on Special Education

Dear Dr. Louis, My son’s middle school is using your program. I have searched your website looking for how your curriculum is used in a middle school special education setting for a student entering 6th grade reading and writing on …

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Word Counts: Don’t Count on Them!

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | January 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Word Counts: Don’t Count on Them!

Dear Dr. D, I have students stating that they struggle to reach the minimum word count while following the Jane Schaffer structure. For example, if the essay is to be 600-800 words, they may have only 450 words but state …