Category: Teaching Writing
10 Low-Prep Activities for the First Week of School
The first week of school can be both overwhelming and exhilarating. We meet anywhere from thirty to over a hundred new faces, learn names, and start building relationships with our students. But we cannot forget what it is like to be a kid! They are meeting new teachers, sitting with new students, and feel just…
Tiered Essays – Giving students choice and challenge in the writing process.
I was sitting at my desk, thinking about the upcoming essay and feeling very uninspired by the prompts I was considering giving my kids. I wanted to give them more freedom and creativity that still allowed them to focus on a few key skills. But I felt like I was at an impasse. Then, the…
3 Ways to Teach Theme to Secondary Students
Theme is one of the concepts that is taught often, but students seem to lose rather quickly. It is a difficult concept to grasp and one that requires lots of critical and abstract thinking. But there are ways to lighten this conceptual load and help bridge the gap between student thinking and what we hope…
Musical Revisions: Get your students moving and improving their writing in just ten minutes.
Get your students moving and improving their writing in just five minutes with Musical Revisions.
Using an Escape Room to Teach Plagiarism
Over the past few years, I have seen a major interest in Escape Rooms, especially their use in classrooms. I have always been intrigued by them, but I didn’t feel confident implementing one in my own classroom, until now. I wanted to find a fun way to review plagiarism with my tenth graders, a topic…