Category Archives: Lesson Plan

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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A Blank Piece of Paper

For writers a blank piece of paper can be overwhelming. But for an educator, a blank piece of paper can be the spark for learning. I will share a number of ideas that you can use in the classroom that … Continue reading

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