Analyzing Data in the Action Plan: Using Infographics to Dive Deeper

Image via Pixabay In my first post of 2021, I introduced the “Teens Take Action” project, my attempt to make research more meaningful and applicable to my students.  The goal of the project is for students to examine a social justice issue of their choosing through both a scholarly, academic lens (research) and a human […]

Beginning the Action Plan: Using YA Literature to Ignite Student Passion for Research

Image via Pixabay In my last post, I discussed a new approach I am taking to research writing this year.  Instead of the traditional essay, I opted to go with a semester-long exploration of a social justice issue through multiple angles, with a research component being one of those angles.  To review, Hope Kasten, my […]

An Introduction to the Action Plan: Breaking Up with the Traditional Research Paper

Image via Pixabay If you found yourself clicking on this article, you probably don’t need a lecture on why the traditional “research paper” is problematic and downright painful to teach.  My biggest reason for wanting to ditch it?  The lack of passion.  The lack of passion students have about writing it, the lack of passion […]

Books that Move Us: Pointless: An English Teacher’s Guide to More Meaningful Grading by Sarah Zerwin

If you’ve read any of my posts this year, you might notice a theme: I feel like I am constantly referencing Sarah Zerwin’s Pointless, which I read over the summer.  I ordered it immediately upon reading the title, thinking, This is great!  Maybe it will give me ideas for reducing the time I spend assessing […]

The Heightened “Sense” of Publication: Only in Your Area, Part II

Image via Pixabay They say when you turn off one of your senses, one or more of the others gets stronger. That’s what I love about teaching writing.  The endlessness of possibilities for process means you get to start all over each time.  Each time is an opportunity to focus on one of the “senses” […]

Informative Writing, Travel Article Style: Only in Your Area, Part I

There are units you enjoy teaching, and then there are units you really enjoy because you have a personal attachment or connection with the content.  And the best part is when it comes seemingly out of nowhere— like the unit just finds you.  In the midst of everything that is going wrong in 2020, I […]

5 Tips for Encouraging Meaningful Reflection in the Writing Classroom

In my last post, I introduced my goal for the school year: to be more deliberate about having students engage in meaningful reflection throughout every step of the writing process.  As I have been working toward this goal, I have found that encouraging the type of deep reflection that we want students to do requires […]