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

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

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