The Importance of Supporting Your Claims with Evidence

When writing an essay it's not enough to simply make claims; you need to support your claims with evidence.  Supporting evidence can take many forms, but it often comes in the form of embedded quotations.  English courses typically rely on MLA standards when using quotations in papers.  While many students are aware that they need … Continue reading The Importance of Supporting Your Claims with Evidence

The Problem with Five Paragraph Essays: Understanding they do Not Exist in the Wild

The Five Paragraph Essay is an artificial construct that does not exist in the wild.  No one will ask you to write a five paragraph essay outside of high school.  No author sits around writing five paragraph essays.  It doesn't matter if you call them hamburger essays, or nacho essays.  The five paragraph essay does … Continue reading The Problem with Five Paragraph Essays: Understanding they do Not Exist in the Wild

Teaching How to Write a Five Paragraph Essay

Having already taught your students how to write a FIVE SENTENCE COMPARISON PARAGRAPH you have the base materials required to construct a Five Paragraph Essay Outline. While the Five Paragraph Essay is far from the best form for students to express their ideas, the organizational skills learned while writing a five paragraph essay will built the … Continue reading Teaching How to Write a Five Paragraph Essay

Identifying and Avoiding Common Essay Problems

The first thing students need to know, as you teach them essay writing skills, is what mistakes they're most likely to make.  Only after being explicitly taught common essay writing problems will they be able to identify and avoid them.  This three-part lesson plan will guide you through the process of getting students writing, teaching … Continue reading Identifying and Avoiding Common Essay Problems

Making Projects Meaningful: Creator Spotlights

When focusing on taking student work OUT OF THE CLASSROOM in an effort to make it meaningful, it's important that students have an opportunity to hear from real-world creators who have gone through the creation process. Learning that published creators don't start that way, reaching those heights only by going through their own trails, is … Continue reading Making Projects Meaningful: Creator Spotlights