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.

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

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