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SCOPE AND SEQUENCE (Week Four): Collaborative Writing

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now, you are ready to WRITE WITH THE STUDENTS. You are going to lead this dynamic endeavor. Rest up, because this is hard but rewarding work. Decide which prompt you would like to use. Last week, I divided the S&S …

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Avoiding the “Kerplunk Effect”: Teaching Students How to Embed Quotations

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | September 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. D’   My students do not know how to put quoted material in their essays? Can you help me? Margaret   Dear Margaret, My friend, Shelly Cook, calls this strategy “Avoiding the Kerplunk Effect,” and I love that …

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SCOPE AND SEQUENCE (Week Three): Teaching the Personal Narrative Essay

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | September 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

Week Three: Some of you might have asked your students to come to class today having watched a sports event on the weekend and bringing examples of play-by-play CDs and color commentator CMs. If so, use the first half of …

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SCOPE AND SEQUENCE (Week Three): Teaching Argumentation

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Week Three: Some of you might have asked your students to come to class today having watched a sports event on the weekend and bringing examples of play-by-play CDs and color commentator CMs. If so, use the first half of …

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SCOPE AND SEQUENCE (Week Three): The Analytical Response to Literature Process

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Week Three: Some of you might have asked your students to come to class today having watched a sports event on the weekend and bringing examples of play-by-play CDs and color commentator CMs. If so, use the first half of …

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SCOPE AND SEQUENCE (Week Three): The Expository Process

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Week Three: Some of you might have asked your students to come to class today having watched a sports event on the weekend and bringing examples of play-by-play CDs and color commentator CMs. If so, use the first half of …

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One Week In, and I’m Already Behind: Creating Holistic Lesson Plans

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. D’ I want to teach the writing program, a literary work, grammar, vocabulary. I don’t know where to start or how to get it all in. I wanted to begin with Mildred Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My …

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SCOPE AND SEQUENCE (Week Two): Common Terminology

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jane’s #4 Non-Negotiable: Common Terminology for the Paragraph and Essay Helps Students Learn. In my years of teaching, I have witnessed the frustration of students who go from one class to another and are required to learn new terminology for the …

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Archetype of the Week: The Orphan

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Getting to know your students is paramount in your year being a successful one. That’s one of the reasons why the Diagnostic Essay is important that first week. Pretty soon, you’ll discover who your kids “really” are, and some or …

The Best Laid Plans: Literary Analysis vs. Expository

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. D’ I am a high school English teacher, and because the Writing section of Common Core does not list Literature, I am expected to teach non-fiction for writing purposes. Students need to learn and write about the classics! …