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Review: WRITING WITH MENTORS by Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell

In their remarkable new book Writing with Mentors: How to Reach Every Writer in the Room Using Current, Engaging Mentor Texts (Heinemann 2015), Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell show how they use mentor texts as the foundation for their writing classes … Continue reading

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My Ten Favorite Interview Questions for Hiring English Teachers

After interviewing dozens of candidates for English teaching positions, I developed some approaches and questions for seeing the best in each candidate. I’m mostly interested in figuring out if the candidate is a good person with an educator’s instincts, even … Continue reading

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Review: BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert

Don’t you just love how certain books come into your life? I have a friend who is a writer. A few weeks ago she sent me a message asking if I’d read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. I responded with a … Continue reading

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Life in the College Writing Center

Although I’m busy doing several different jobs in my un-retirement, one of my favorites is tutoring in a college writing center. Maybe some understanding of my work there can be useful to high school teachers as they seek to fulfill … Continue reading

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How to Prepare Students for the New ACT Writing Test

Those of us involved in helping students prepare for the ACT test should know about some significant changes in the writing portion that rolled out in September. ACT calls the changes “enhancements,” and that’s probably a pretty good word because … Continue reading

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How Do We Teach Style in Research Writing?

“And this needs to be in MLA format.” Those of us who teach in the humanities frequently ask our students to use MLA format when writing research documentation. Because a lot of research writing tends to come through English classes, … Continue reading

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What a Night!: Fremd High School’s #WriteNite

Kudos to Fremd High School for holding its first Write Nite last night as a fund-raiser for their mighty Writers Week program. (Disclaimer: Although I was an organizer for Fremd’s Writers Week for many years, my only involvement in Write … Continue reading

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Hello and Goodbye: Introductions and Conclusions

Student question: “Does this paper need an introduction?” My answer: “I think that would be polite. Do you agree?” Quizzical looks follow. What does politeness have to do with writing an introduction? Then I explain that an introduction is really … Continue reading

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Learning with Second-Language English Writers

One of my biggest learning challenges this year has been figuring out how to help writers for whom English is a second language. These are students who have completed English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and classes but who … Continue reading

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What If Students Write for Themselves?

“You can write your way out of dark places. I know because I’ve done it.” My confession emerged yesterday during a class discussion of Virginia Woolf’s “The Death of the Moth,” an essay in which she writes empathetically about a … Continue reading

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