Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2012’

Why Are English Teachers So Unteachable?


My headline is intentionally provocative. Sorry about that. I’m sure there are plenty of humble, teachable English teachers in the world. I just seem to encounter a lot of particularly pugnacious ones. Maybe a blog like this attracts the stubborn ones in unusually high numbers. If you are an English teacher who is open to new information and willing to change both …

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Writing Prompt: Alien Description


Here’s a popular descriptive writing assignment we give in one of our middle school courses. It works for kids of any age, however.

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More Writers on Writing


These quotes are selected because they express something true about writing in words that provoke, amuse, or inspire. I hope you enjoy them. Please feel free to share them.

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Close-minded or Closed-minded?


Which is correct — close-minded or closed minded? Not telling. You gotta click to find out!

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Some Tips for Quotations and Dialogue


Good narrative writing commonly involves dialogue – conversation between two or more characters in a story. Allowing characters to speak for themselves is a great way to reveal their personalities. It shows what a character is like rather just telling about him. It permits the reader to draw his own conclusions. As much as possible, let your characters be heard.

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