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BLIND-SIDED BY WRITING PROMPTS

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | March 27, 2018 | Comments Off on BLIND-SIDED BY WRITING PROMPTS

Dear Dr. Louis, Would you please take a look at the following prompt and give me some suggestions for revision? In the Greek Tragedy by Sophocles, “Oedipus Rex,” the protagonist, Oedipus lives a life both cursed and blessed by the …

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The Biography Ratio

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | December 11, 2017 | Comments Off on The Biography Ratio

Hi. My name is Melissa. I was trained by you last school year with junior high and high school teachers of Ennis ISD. My seventh-grade students are writing a biography about an author. I’m requiring them to use the Jane …

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Trust Thyself: When to Use and When Not to Use the Schaffer Method

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | November 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Trust Thyself: When to Use and When Not to Use the Schaffer Method

Hi, Dr. Louis: My name is Jaime, and I’m a teacher in Los Angeles. We spoke on the phone about a month ago or so. I’m just sort of in a quandary using the Jane Schaffer Method with my students …

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SWEET SIXTEEN: GIVING AND GAINING RESPECT IN THE CLASSROOM

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | September 21, 2017 | Comments Off on SWEET SIXTEEN: GIVING AND GAINING RESPECT IN THE CLASSROOM

Dear Dr. Louis,  “You came to our campus [June 2017] and demonstrated the Jane Schaffer Writing Program by teaching our students as we teachers observed on the periphery of the classroom. You taught my eighth grade students. I know these …

ALL STUDENTS CAN THINK, AND ALL STUDENTS CAN WRITE.

Jane Schaffer’s Non-Negotiables

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | April 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

A .pdf resides here that shares with you Jane’s “Non-Negotiables.” Jane’s non-negotiables

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There’s No Place Like Tone: Using the Thesaurus to Teach Denotation and Connotation

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | April 6, 2017 | Comments Off on There’s No Place Like Tone: Using the Thesaurus to Teach Denotation and Connotation

Dear Dr. Louis, “Quick question — I was just reviewing my notes from the webinars and remember that at one point, an online dictionary/thesaurus was referenced for the term ‘left out’ that helped students consider word choice that held the …

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Immediate Implementation

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | February 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Immediate Implementation

THANK YOU!!! I am so thankful I came. You have no idea how much you have inspired and helped me. Thank you so much! What I LOVE about it is that I came back from that workshop and have incorporated …

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What is Expository Writing?

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | January 5, 2017 | Comments Off on What is Expository Writing?

Dear Dr. D, I’ve been researching expository writing and keep getting this type of definition: Expository writing is devoid of descriptive detail and opinion. It contains just the facts. How can I reconcile that statement with the Schaffer method?  Thanks, …

The CD:CM Ratio

The CD:CM Ratio: It’s All Relative.

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | May 19, 2016 | Comments Off on The CD:CM Ratio: It’s All Relative.

Dear Dr. D’, What do I tell my department when they would like to change the ratios from what they were taught?  Frustrated Department Chair Dear Frustrated, Your question is one which I address on a regular basis; and, now …

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The Vertical Vision: Hitting on All Cylinders (PART IV OF IV – Writing)

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | April 7, 2016 | Comments Off on The Vertical Vision: Hitting on All Cylinders (PART IV OF IV – Writing)

Dear Teachers, Today is the fourth blog in a four-part series called “Hitting on All-Cylinders” (HOAC). The series began with one of my colleagues asking me how to get everything done in a given year. In other words, her Scope and Sequence (S&S) …