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

Placing Student Work in the World – Part Three [Submitting Media Arts]

Having looked at the importance of MAKING PROJECTS MEANINGFUL by giving them life outside of the classroom, we now focus on how those projects can be given life in the world.  There are three main ways students can take their work beyond the classroom: Submitting Written Work Self Distribution and Self Publication Submitting Media Arts In … Continue reading Placing Student Work in the World – Part Three [Submitting Media Arts]

Placing Student Work in the World – Part Two [Self-Distribution and Self-Publication]

Having looked at the importance of MAKING PROJECTS MEANINGFUL by giving them life outside of the classroom, we now focus on how those projects can be given life in the world.  There are three main ways students can take their work beyond the classroom: Submitting Written Work Self Distribution and Self Publication Submitting Media Arts In … Continue reading Placing Student Work in the World – Part Two [Self-Distribution and Self-Publication]

Placing Student Work in the World – Part One [Submitting Written Work]

When student work is given life outside the classroom, there is a strong desire to create the very best piece possible, as students will have to own their creation not only in relationship to their peer group, but to the much wider audience.  At the same time, students will learn valuable skills that will prepare … Continue reading Placing Student Work in the World – Part One [Submitting Written Work]

Literacy Skills: Short Stories

LITERACY SKILLS are the key, transferable skills required to process, and understand the multitude of TEXTS we encounter every day.  From VISUAL to AUDITORY, from video games to novels, we rely on our skills to make meaning and ascertain messages. Like all skills, they must be developed, honed, and practiced.  One of the best ways to INTRODUCE or REINFORCE these skills with your students in … Continue reading Literacy Skills: Short Stories