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Getting the Literary Debate up and Running
Debate Protocol
Getting the Literary Debate up and Running
May 20, 2016 at 7:31 pm 0
The debate protocol that I have adapted from Teachers College Reading and Writing Project has three parts main parts: 1) Gather, 2) Caucus, and 3) Debate. All of the parts can be stretched or shortened with more or fewer steps in between, depending on how much your students can handle at once, and how much time […]
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Making the Case for Debates
Debate Protocol
Making the Case for Debates
May 13, 2016 at 7:10 pm 0
You know the groan well. It starts at the pit of the stomach, reverberates throughout the classroom and rattles your brain. “Today we’re starting our argument writing essay unit!” you chirp in your most stage-worthy voice. Or maybe it’s an informative essay based on research? A literary analysis essay perhaps? Regardless of the type, the […]
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Writing is Like Buying a “Fixer-Upper”
Writing
Writing is Like Buying a “Fixer-Upper”
January 25, 2016 at 4:39 pm 0
Imagine you’ve bought a new house, but it’s a “fixer-upper.” The plumbing is ancient, the back stairs are deadly and the paint is peeling. You’ve got a plan to make this work, though: First, replace those stairs. Then, address the plumbing. Maybe two months later you’ll paint the first floor a delicious color called “mocha […]
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The Evolution of Writing
Writing
The Evolution of Writing
January 17, 2016 at 7:11 pm 0
Having kids write essays can feel like pushing a boulder up a mountain with a piano on your back. (Even Sisyphus didn’t have it this hard.)  Part of what makes teaching writing so difficult is that it requires a lot of time, differentiation and spiraling.   When teaching writing, one mistake I’ve made is to […]
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