Questions 215: Graphing Story Structures (Writing Instruction Series 9)

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In this ninth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“I use the classic pyramid plot diagram to teach story structure. Is there another way that’s more engaging?”

Resources mentioned:
Kurt Vonnegut’s Story Shape Graphs
Dan Wells’s 7-Point Plot Lecture

Questions 214: Exploring New Perspectives (Writing Instruction Series 8)

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In this eighth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“Given the limited life experience of children these days, how do I encourage them to explore new perspectives?”

Questions 213: Teaching Punctuation for Fiction (Writing Instruction Series 7)

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In this seventh installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How do I teach my students how to break punctuation rules–how much do they need to know beforehand?”

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Questions 212: Stretching Into New Genres (Writing Instruction Series 6)

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In this sixth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How do I get my students to expand their reading tastes so they can write in multiple genres?”

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Books Discussed:

Tales from the Twilight Zone by Rod SerlingSomething Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Lie Down with Lions by Ken Follett

Questions 211: The Blank Page (Writing Instruction Series 5)

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In this fifth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How can I help my students conquer their fear of the blank page and get that first sentence down?”

Questions 210: Spelling (Writing Instruction Series 4)

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In this fourth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How can I help my students improve their spelling, so they’ll be willing to use their full vocabulary in their fiction?”

Questions 209: Effective Vocabulary Building (Writing Instruction Series 3)

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In this third installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How can I respect subculture grammar while teaching best practices in word choice and writing?”

Questions 208: Effective Vocabulary Building (Writing Instruction Series 2)

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In this second installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How can we effectively expand our usable vocabulary?”

Books mentioned:
The King James Bible
The Works of Shakespeare
The Illiad
The Odyssey
The Oedipus Trilogy
The Satires of Juvenal
Ciero

Questions 207: Language Skills (Writing Instruction Series 1)

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As the first in our new miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How do I get my students to write with the same command of language they use when they speak?”

Questions 206: Series vs. Standalones and Discovery Writing

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JR asks:
“How long do you expect the trend for people preferring series over standalones to continue?”

Also, Terry Mixon joins us to speak (briefly) about discovery writing. Check out his book Empire of Bones.

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