Essay Basics Pt. 10 – Conclusions

Finally, the last Essay Basics video – how to write a good conclusion! Ahh, it feels so good to complete this series. ūüôā I’ll definitely keep making videos about writing, but I’m ready to talk about something else for a while. HELPFUL RESOURCES Conclusions Writing a developed and detailed conclusion (Purdue OWL):¬†https://owl.english.purdue.edu/engagement/2/2/60/ Ending the essay: … Read more

Essay Basics Pt. 9: Introductions

Check out the next-to-last installment in my Essay Basics series! Today we’re looking at introductions: Let’s just dive into the extra resources: HELPFUL LINKS Introductions handout (UNC-Chapel Hill Writing Center):¬†http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/introductions/ Good advice about intros and conclusions (U. of Toronto Writing Centre):¬†http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/planning-and-organizing/intros-and-conclusions Effective hooks (from Lisa Carothers of the Waunakee Community School District):¬†http://www.waunakee.k12.wi.us/faculty/lcarothers/EffectiveWriting/Reflective/Attention%20Getters.pdf Hooks and Attention-Grabbers … Read more

Editing Stations – Professional Development Series

Check out the second video in my professional development series – a tutorial on how to use editing stations in your classroom: HELPFUL LINKS Gretchen Bernabei: Home page:¬†http://trailofbreadcrumbs.net/ Star Points & grammar:¬†http://trailofbreadcrumbs.net/writing-strategies/star-points-grammar/ Professional books, including¬†Grammar Keepers and¬†Crunchtime:¬†http://trailofbreadcrumbs.net/books/ Jeff Anderson: Home page:¬†http://www.writeguy.net/ Professional books, including¬†Everyday Editing and¬†Ten Things Every Writer Should Know:¬†http://www.writeguy.net/professional-books/ And he’s written a … Read more

Essay Basics Pt. 8: Developing Argumentative Paragraphs

Check out my new demonstration video on argumentative writing: Download the ENTIRE essay about video games here:¬†Sample Argumentative Essay – video games And here are links to other helpful information about argumentative (a.k.a. persuasive) writing: General advice on argumentation Argumentative essays (Purdue OWL):¬†https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/685/05/ Writing strong argument papers (Clark College):¬†http://web.clark.edu/martpe/writing_strong_argument_papers.htm The Toulmin method of argumentation Toulmin … Read more

Essay Basics Pt. 7: Developing Expository Paragraphs

Check out my new demonstration video for writing expository body paragraphs: And as promised, click here to download the COMPLETE expository essay:¬†Sample Expository Essay – Risks Helpful links: Expository essays (Purdue OWL):¬†https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/685/02/ 10 tips for developing expository writing skills (New York Times):¬†http://www.nytimes.com/learning/issues_in_depth/10WritingSkillsIdeas.html A collection of expository writing resources (Varsity Tutors):¬†http://www.varsitytutors.com/englishteacher/expwriting.html Click here to support ELA … Read more

Essay Basics 6: Developing Descriptive Paragraphs

Here’s the second demo video for the Essay Basics series: developing descriptive body paragraphs! Click below to watch the video: And here’s a blank copy of the brainstorming table, if you’re interested:Developing a Descriptive Body Paragraph – BLANK Helpful links: Writing Descriptive Essays (Purdue OWL):¬†https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/685/03/ Descriptive Essays (Roane State OWL):¬†http://www.roanestate.edu/owl/describe.html Writing a Descriptive Essay (Butte … Read more

Essay Basics 5: Developing Narrative Body Paragraphs

I hope you’ve watched Part 4 and are now ready for demonstrations! Click here to watch as I go through the process of writing a solid narrative paragraph: Here is a blank brainstorming table, if you’re interested:¬†Developing a Narrative Body Paragraph – BLANK And then here are some other links you might find helpful: How … Read more

Essay Basics Pt. 4: Developing Body Paragraphs

Here comes Essay Basics Part 4: Developing Body Paragraphs! In this video, I go over the various components you might need to have in each paragraph. This one’s sort of a note-taking video, so if you’d like a little help with that, click here to download a set of guided Cornell notes:¬†Guided notes – Development … Read more

Targeted Writing Conferences – Professional Development Series

I’m excited to bring you “Targeted Writing Conferences,” the first video in my new ELA Academy professional development series! Click below to watch. If you’d like some guided notes (I’m a little crazy for these – it’s a shameless plug for AVID-style Cornell Notes), then click here to download and print:¬†Guided notes – TWC I … Read more

Essay Basics Pt. 3 – Generating Ideas

Do you or your students sit down to an essay prompt and discover that you have no ideas? Watch this video for some ways to prepare ideas ahead of time: Click here to download the Essay Oasis handout:¬†Essay Oasis Click here to download the Essay Oasis Development handout:¬†Essay Oasis Development I can’t recommend these books … Read more