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That Was Fun! — Zapping Apathy at #NCTE11

Thanks to everyone who attended our presentations at NCTE this weekend. If you’re looking for the handouts, scroll down any time! Tony Romano and I were happy to see our friends Jodi Douglas Moeller and Douglas Jameson from Hazelwood West … Continue reading

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Anybody Else Excited about NCTE11 in Chicago?

The 2011 NCTE annual convention is now just around the corner. I can’t wait. This will be my fourth convention, and nothing has ever come close to energizing my teaching as the experiences I’ve had at these gatherings. This year … Continue reading

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Zapping Apathy with Word-of-theYear Hangman

I heard an NPR story yesterday about current usage of the word occupy and how its meaning has changed over time and in various contexts. The report said the American Dialect Society is considering occupy for its 2011 Word of … Continue reading

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Zapping Apathy with College Application Essays

If you want to see college-bound upper-grade students take a writing assignment seriously, help them with their college application essays! Writing college essays as a class assignment provides an authentic audience, extreme personal relevance, and an opportunity for introspection—in other … Continue reading

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Zapping Apathy with Chat-Based Test Review

The school year just ended.  One of the year-end rituals with debatable value is final exams.  At our school, most classes are required to end with a 90-minute final exam that comprehensively tests a semester’s worth of curriculum.  This test … Continue reading

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Zapping Apathy with Wordle

Here is a fun, easy way to use Wordle toward the end of discussing a novel, short story, poem, or play.  Today I presented my students with this question:  “What is The Joy Luck Club Really About?”  They wrote a … Continue reading

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