Tag Archives: ELA

Checklists to Promote Learning (and Independence):

Here are a few checklists that I use to help students self-edit writing and engage in peer review activities. I like that these tools make expectations for writing and peer review clearer; checklists are also a great way put responsibility … Continue reading

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Peer Review As You Like It

Flexible peer review gives students more choice; it treats them like real writers who are in tune with their own writing process. When I told a group of my Mass Media & Society students last semester that it was “peer … Continue reading

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Working Toward Literacy in Rural New York

Most educators know that reading is good for students and their schools. After all, independent reading helps students build background knowledge and vocabulary; strong reading habits are also associated with higher scores on standardized tests. How then, do educators turn … Continue reading

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Reflection: Grading as an Ethical Dilemma

Do teachers use grades as punishment? Many educators would probably respond to this with a definitive “no.” Grades are simply reflections of what students have learned; they are “earned” not “given,” and thus cannot be considered disciplinary. However, it is … Continue reading

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Lesson Addition: Exploring Class Stereotypes through Satire

The Unit: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” an English 12 Building Evidence-Based Argument unit that asks students to form an evidence-based perspective on the problem of poverty. The Issue: Students unfamiliar with the concept … Continue reading

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