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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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Day 17: Blogging

For day 17 I wanted to share an idea instead of a specific tech tool; Blogging. Blogging Sites There are so many reasons to blog. One of the best years of teaching Eng 1010 was the semester I used Posterous … Continue reading

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Day 16: Expresso

I’m going to be an English teacher for day 16 and share a website that will give you more information than you might want about your writing: Expresso. (But you will thank me after you use it.) Expresso is simple … Continue reading

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Day 5: Flipboard

For this cheerful day 5, I want to share the site / app Flipboard. For the purpose of this blog I will be using screenshots from the web-based application. There is no difference besides layout between the two. It was … 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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Old School Tool: Speaking

There is a cultural debate centered on students’ ability to communicate face-to-face.  With the influence of technology in our everyday life, it does seem to affect our communication skills. This post will share ideas that foster oral communication skills.  From … Continue reading

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