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Persuasion vs. Argumentation

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. D’,   Could you please explain the difference between persuasive and argumentative writing…could it be as simple as semantics?   –    Gerene     Dear Gerene:   The difference is semantics, but in its most formal sense: …

The “What” and the “Why” of Writing

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | March 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Louis, I recently gave my students the following prompt:  “Write an essay explaining why hard work is necessary to be successful.”   My District Coordinator told me that [the students’ responses] were not showing the “hard work”  required in the …

Clear Organization and a Common Language for Students

By Deborah Louis | August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Very clear way to organize essay writing and have common language for students.” Who Said It: Janet S., Speech Educator in Canton, MI  

Collegiality

By Deborah Louis | August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our teachers loved the training. They were totally engaged in the conversations. I spoke to several teachers after the training and they were very excited to get back to the classroom and work on implementation. The training was excellent. Who …

Prepared for College

By BenClark | June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Each year my former high school students return from college excited that the Jane Schaffer writing program prepared them so well for university-level work. The multiparagraph essay unit works with all levels of students. Who Said It: Cindy Adams Educator …

K-12 Adoption

By BenClark | June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our entire K-12 school district has adopted Jane’s writing unit as a guide to improve the quality of writing. We’ve devised a packet for teachers in grades 3, 6, and 9 to help them use the terminology and elements of …

Clear Winner

By BenClark | June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ten years of materials and these publications have never failed to help our teachers. These are all clear winners that leave plenty of room for your own creative tweaking. Author: Liz Michael  

How individual sheets connect to the big picture of writing?

By Deborah Louis | September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. D’, I’m concerned that, since everything is so new, the students do not understand how those individual sheets connect to the big picture of writing? Answer:Start with a final piece.  Show them a sample of the end result.  …

The Conclusion of an Expository or Argumentative Essay

By Deborah Louis | September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. D’, Could you review the conclusion portion of the argument essay and the expository essay?  I’m still struggling with that part. Answer:Sure.  Let’s start with expository.  Go to your expository packet and turn to the page on conclusions and …

Teaching Pre-AP and AP English: Synthesis

By Deborah Louis | March 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

We offer several AP/Pre-AP sessions. A. Preparing Students for the AP Literature and Composition Free Response Question This workshop is two days, 5 hours each day (not including lunch); Day 1 is a prerequisite for Day 2. Teachers learn how …