What LEGO bricks and Writing Intervention Have in Common

“You have to learn the rules before you can break them.” This is an argument I hear frequently – usually in favor of teaching the 5 paragraph essay before more authentic genres or for memorizing parts of speech before studying craft. This year, my beat for Moving Writers reflects my role at school: intervention and […]

I Get Wise with a Little Pop From My Friends

I want my students to be continually thinking about context–cultural, historical, and otherwise.  For many of my students, the boundaries of their writing AND reading are constricted by their narrow contextual pools of knowledge.  Helping them to see why the narratives of their history classes or the view through the microscope in biology are actually […]

Mentor Text Wednesday: The Last Jedi and the 7 Basic Questions of Narrative Drama

Mentor Text: The Last Jedi and the 7 Basic Questions of Narrative Drama (video essay) by Sage Hyden Techniques: Using A Structure To Defend A Thesis Using Subcategories to Organize Argument Layering Evidence Addressing Counterpoint Without Losing Focus Addressing Canon While Discussing A Modern Text Literary Analysis Background – My Twitter feed actually represents my career […]

Writing Our Way In: Exploring Drama Through A Soliloquy Study– Part One

On any day last week, a quick sweep of my three senior classes offered the same scene: gaunt, gray faces; foreheads on tables; backpacks exploding with papers; hair teased and tangled by frustrated fingers. It’s the October crunch, and my seniors are feeling the pressure of first quarter assessments, college applications, and fall SAT testing. […]

The Most Essential School Supply (Plus 3 Instructional Practices to Make the Most of It!)

It’s that time of year. Yeah, we may sometimes feel like we’re in survival mode with eager tallies marking how many Mondays are left in the school year, but as much as we might be counting down, we’re also starting to plan ahead for next year. We’re waxing reflective and submitting school supply lists to […]