Essay Basics Pt. 2 – Essay Structure

Do you struggle with how to organize your essay? Then check out Essay Basics Part 2: Essay Structure. With permission from the author, I’m explaining some of Gretchen Bernabei’s instructional methods for text structures and kernel essays (if you HATE writing outlines with Roman numerals and all those letters and numbers, you’ll LOVE kernel essays!) … Read more

Essay Basics Pt. 1 – Modes of Writing

Welcome to a new series on essay writing! In this video, I go over the modes of writing – expository, descriptive, narrative, and argumentative – and how they can work together in an essay. For further reading on each mode, check out the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/685/01/ Click here to support ELA Academy on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/ELAAcademy

Short Answer Basics Part 3 – Symbolism

Here’s part 3 of the series on short answer questions. In this video, I demonstrate how to analyze a symbol and write about it: Click here to download a worksheet for analyzing and writing about a symbol: SAQ – analyzing a symbol Click here to support ELA Academy on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/ELAAcademy

Antony’s Rhetorical Appeals update

As I explained in yesterday’s post, I decided to re-record some of my old videos with my new and improved microphone. Today’s refreshed video is Antony’s Rhetorical Appeals. Here’s a link to the original post, which now links to the new video. Don’t miss the handout and other materials! Antony’s Rhetorical Appeals Click here to … Read more

Annotation 101 update

Since I’ve got a much better microphone than the one I started out with, I’ve decided to re-record three of my older videos so that nobody has to suffer through that awful sound quality! Annotation 101 is now freshened up and re-posted. Here’s a link to the original post, which links to the new version … Read more

Short Answer Basics Part 2 – Characterization

Next in the series on short answer questions: characterization. Check out the video: The handout for this one actually covers a different skill, but one I think is needed: how to make your paragraphs flow more smoothly. Click here to download: Paragraph Flow Handout If you missed part one of this series, be sure to watch … Read more

Short Answer Basics, Part 1 – Theme

Short answer questions, sometimes referred to as short essay questions, are very common: they are a mainstay of state standardized tests as well as teachers and college professors everywhere. But how do you answer them effectively? This video covers the basic elements of a good short answer response and provides a couple of examples: Here … Read more

The Reverdye: 1st 18 lines of Canterbury Tales

Has your teacher or professor asked you to memorize the Reverdye (first 18 lines) of the Canterbury Tales? Perhaps you just want to hear what the original Middle English sounds like? Then check out my latest video series! Here is my recitation: Here is my video that walks you through the pronunciation of each word: … Read more

Antony’s Rhetorical Appeals

Check out my new video analyzing the rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos) that Mark Antony uses in his funeral oration for Julius Caesar: I have also heavily annotated the speech to point out each subtle rhetorical move Antony makes  — he has to be very crafty since Brutus spoke first and turned the crowd against … Read more

Annotation 101

Check out my new video, Annotation 101! In this video, I go over what annotation is, why it’s important, and how to do it well. To support this video, I’m attaching two documents: a one-page annotation guide that students can print out, fold, and keep inside their novels for reference, and a sample set of … Read more