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Few and Plain Is Best

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Some writing advice from John Ruskin (1819-1900).  Ruskin was a writer and artist, but is best known as an art critic during the Victorian Era. His words here are both wise and pithy. “Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them and in the plainest possible words or …

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Narrative Writing Prompt: An Unforgettable Dream

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  Occasionally, I like to share some of the writing assignments we give students at WriteAtHome. This one provides an …

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Teaching Tip: 3 Rules for Creating Effective Writing Assignments

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One of the toughest tasks of the writing teacher is coming up with assignments that challenge students without frustrating or boring them. I’m often asked if in our WriteAtHome courses we “tell students what to write,” or if we “give them the topic.” Here’s how I answer that.

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Descriptive Writing Prompt: An Unexpected Guest

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 Here’s another good writing assignment for middle or high school aged students. Feel free to use it; it’s worked for …

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Writing Prompt: An Original Parable

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Check out this idea for a creative narrative writing project.

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