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The Character One Pager- An Assessment for Any Novel

We need the bigger, better deal Every English teacher I know is looking for the bigger, better deal when it comes to assessing novels. We've moved WAY beyond the simple book report (I hope), and into the realm of critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis. In recent years I've tried the mandala (which you can read… Continue reading The Character One Pager- An Assessment for Any Novel

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Game on! Using games as test prep in the secondary classroom

  Changing my mindset Five years ago, I moved from teaching in a public school to teaching in a charter after 15 years. One of the hardest things for me to wrap my brain around was that my new school did not focus on state testing. They knew it was a necessary evil, and our… Continue reading Game on! Using games as test prep in the secondary classroom

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Have your students been drafted?- Using the 11 Minute Essay to teach expository writing

Since I talked about 11 minute essays on IG a couple of days ago, there has been some interest in an explanation of what it is, and how and why you should use it. I thought, instead of trying to explain it to each interested teacher, I would just write a post about the technique… Continue reading Have your students been drafted?- Using the 11 Minute Essay to teach expository writing

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It Only Takes One Page- Assessing English Students with a One Pager

  How do you assess? Do you go by how much time it takes to grade? Do you make your students write an essay because you need a writing sample for data? Do you give them a project you can glance at, use a rubric, and assign a grade? Full Disclosure Full disclosure- in my… Continue reading It Only Takes One Page- Assessing English Students with a One Pager

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Students Don’t Need to Write- Assessing Theme and Symbolism with Art

  Whoa! An English teacher writing a blog post about not writing? What kind of alternate dimension have we entered? But it's true. I learned a valuable lesson last year, and I know it's one that could benefit other teachers, so I thought I'd share my experience. First off, if you don't know me, I… Continue reading Students Don’t Need to Write- Assessing Theme and Symbolism with Art