English in the Time of Coronavirus

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Schools are closing across the U.S. in an attempt to stem the tide of coronavirus infections. ELA Academy is a good source of free instructional videos for English language arts.

Their Eyes Were Watching God Annotation Demo

Need a little help reading or teaching the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston? Check out this three-part annotation demo with chapter 6 (a much-improved remake of a video I published last year): Part 1, how men in Janie’s community court women and treat their wives: Part 2, Matt Bonner’s mule and the vultures: … Read more Their Eyes Were Watching God Annotation Demo

TKAM Annotation Demo

Need help with summer reading annotations? Just need help reading more deeply? Then check out this two-part video demonstrating good annotations with chapter 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – a novel often assigned for summer reading: PART ONE: PART TWO: Just so you don’t have to go looking for it, here’s the … Read more TKAM Annotation Demo

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 Antony’s Rhetorical Appeals

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 Annotation 101