Tips for Creating a Peer-Editing Program That Works

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Sep 25, 2012 6:44:09 AM

I recently wrote an article about the importance of peer editing, and I took a step back and realized that many of you may not know how to implement a successful peer editing program in the first place.  Here are some tried-and-true techniques for teaching your students the skill and practice of effective peer editing.

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Topics: peer editing, teaching tips, teaching writing, Writing

5 Reasons Students Should Be Doing More Peer Editing

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Sep 19, 2012 11:47:26 AM

 I am a strong proponent of peer editing.  The benefits of peer editing are numerous, and before any teacher sees an essay, it should have been peer edited at least once.  It is crucial, however, that students know how to peer edit, and why.  Here are 5 reasons students should be doing more peer-editing:

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Topics: Assessments, essay skills, peer editing, teaching writing, Writing

How to Organize and Write Descriptive Essays

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Aug 5, 2012 5:15:45 PM

In a Descriptive essay, your task is to describe something to your audience, allowing the reader to fully experience the object, event, or situation.  Sensory details, figurative language, and powerful vocabulary can create an image in the reader’s mind, enhancing his or her understanding and appreciation of the topic. This is one of the few essays in which the use of “I” may be acceptable.

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Topics: descriptive writing, essay writing tips, Essays, Writing

How to Write a Compare and Contrast Essay

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Jul 22, 2012 10:23:06 PM

Compare and Contrast essays are used to examine two or more subjects and the similarities and/or differences between them.  The task of this type of essay is to clarify something unknown by analyzing it next to something with which the reader is familiar.  Like the cause and effect essay, it is important that your thesis statement clearly states whether you will be comparing (giving similarities), contrasting (showing differences), or sometimes, both.

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Topics: compare and contrast essays, essay writing tips, Essays, Writing, writing essays

How to Write and Organize a Cause and Effect Essay

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Jun 27, 2012 6:10:10 AM

Cause and Effect essays explore why things happen (causes) and what happens as a result (effects). These essays give reasons and explanations for behaviors, events, or circumstances. It is important that your presentation is factual and believable, and that in your thesis statement you explain whether you will be discussing causes, effects, or sometimes both.

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Topics: cause and effect essay, cause/effect essays, Essay Architect, essay writing tips, Essays, organizing essays, Writing, writing a thesis, writing tips

20 Fun Poetry Projects Your Students Will LOVE!

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Mar 25, 2012 5:46:13 AM

To celebrate National Poetry Month (in April), I thought I would share some fun poetry ideas to get those creative juices flowing! Last year at this time, I posted Thirty Poetry Project Ideas for National Poetry Month, so this year, I thought I would introduce some poetry ideas you may never have tried – or even heard of!

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Topics: creative writing, national poetry month, poems, Poetry, teaching poetry, teaching tips, world poetry day, Writing, writing poetry, writing tips

Using Textual Evidence to Support Inferences Within a Non-Fiction Text

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Mar 18, 2012 9:51:15 AM

This article will begin to break down the Informational Texts Standards into practical and accessible “chunks,” giving tips on approaching the standard using Informational Texts.  To see a breakdown of the Informational Text standards, see part one of this series.

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Topics: Common Core, inference, informational text, Literary Analysis/Reading Strategies, Literature, non-fiction, prediction, standards, textual evidence, Writing

Discovering Author's Purpose and Writing with Purpose

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Feb 22, 2012 1:45:26 PM

It is important for students to understand an author's purpose, but to also be able to write for a specific purpose--to inform, to persuade, or to entertain.  The following article helps students learn the differences between the purposes of writing (to inform, to entertain, to persuade) to be able to determine an author's purpose, and to identify methods to fulfill a specific purpose in their own writing.

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Topics: author's purpose, essay purpose, essay writing, purpose in writing, to entertain, to inform, to persuade, Writing, writing with purpose

Tips for Helping Students Analyze Rhetoric and a List of Rhetorical Devices

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Jan 11, 2012 9:32:03 PM

Rhetoric in its simplest form is the art of persuasive writing or speech.  For thousands of years, politicians and orators have been known for their use of rhetoric to influence and persuade an audience to their side or way of thinking.  Rhetoric is all around us, in the form of political speeches, commercials, art, television, movies, newspaper and magazine articles—even in our everyday conversations.  Each time we want to get our way, or take out our money to buy a product we have seen in a commercial, we are either using rhetoric or are persuaded by the use of rhetoric.  While various media use different ways of appealing to an audience, they each have the same purpose: to persuade.

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Topics: ethos, I have a dream speech, Letter from Birmingham Jail, literary rhetorical devices, Literature, logs, MLK Day, pathos, persuasive writing, rhetoric, rhetoric definition, rhetorical devices, teaching strategies, Writing, writing resources

Characterization Thumbprint Lesson

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Oct 19, 2011 10:43:28 AM

Here is a fabulous characterization idea, based on the artwork of Darren Booth!  I saw a similar idea on Pinterest, pinned by Rebekah Lyell, who had her students create them for an "identity" unit on themselves.  I saw that, and thought, what a great idea to incorporate characterization, getting deeper into the thoughts and perspective of the character!


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Topics: characterization, creative writing, idea, Writing

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