Category Archives: Lesson Plan

Research Lesson Series: Part 4

Evaluating information is a critical skill, not just for school but for everyday life. And we have to be able to evaluate quickly as our feeds get flooded as soon as something (real or fake) starts trending. There are lots … Continue reading

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Research Lesson Series: Part 3

In this post I will share how I use a film to teach researching skills. I hope the post generates some ideas for you. I like movies. I think movies and other forms of media are powerful learning tools, even … Continue reading

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Research Lesson Series: Part 2

Even with options, students will still use Google for research. Especially for everyday searches. For the second post in the series I want to share a few advance options in Google that will help students search in a more efficient … Continue reading

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Research Lesson Series: Part 1

In 2011, I read an interesting article, “Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can’t Search.” The article highlights a habit that I see today in my students. I fondly call it “page one syndrome.” Clive Thompson’s article delves into the subject … Continue reading

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Creative Assignments by Essay Type

Teaching the guidelines for each essay type can be one of the difficult aspects of a writing unit. You have to give the students the information so that they can construct the specific essay you are asking for. Over the … Continue reading

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Writing Process: Intros and Conclusions

One area that I stress for essay writing is composing a strong introduction. One of the hurdles I face is getting the students to understand that an introduction can be more than just the first paragraph. This is difficult. Even … Continue reading

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Writing Process: Word Choice

I grade essays with the six traits of writing model. Yes, I know that there is a +1 now, but I continue to use the original six for my instruction. This post isn’t about the traits, but to share a … Continue reading

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The Writing Process: Prewriting

The first step for any writing assignment is to prewrite, to get ideas going on paper. It doesn’t matter if students are given a topic or choose their own topic, prewriting will help them past that first hurdle: What do … Continue reading

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The Writing Process: Introduction

For the next series, I am going to focus on the writing process. I will share some of my lecture notes, but also share some of my favorite assignments I use to enhance my classroom. Some of the assignments are … Continue reading

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Part I: Presentations

One area I have focused on for the faculty is presentation development. PowerPoints are a viable tool, especially for our online courses. All textbook publishers now supply supplemental material like instructional videos, PowerPoints, and printable material. As an institution, and … Continue reading

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