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- Beginning a unit with a preview text: Using the Amleth legend to introduce Shakespeare’s HamletThere’s a certain kind of student who loves to remind you that Shakespeare “stole” most of his stories from other sources, usually citing this as a reason why the bard isn’t so great after all. But this knowledge can also… Continue reading Beginning a unit with a preview text: Using the Amleth legend to introduce Shakespeare’s Hamlet
- Throwing out the PEEL: An Argument-based Approach to Teaching Paragraph StructureI never liked the burger/sandwich metaphor for writing paragraphs. Sure, it looks good on a poster – but when was the last time you ate a burger bun-first, working your way through one layer of ingredients at a time? When… Continue reading Throwing out the PEEL: An Argument-based Approach to Teaching Paragraph Structure
- Kids like learning *stuff*Figuring out what kids actually find fun has always been a struggle for me. To start with, it’s not my top priority – if something’s worth doing, I’m perfectly comfortable requiring students to do it, whether they’re excited about it… Continue reading Kids like learning *stuff*