Category Archives: Teaching

Questions 220: Teaching Good Editing Practices (Writing Instruction Series 14)

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In this fourteenth and final installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How can we support effective editing in our students?”

Questions 218: Present Tense Narration (Writing Instruction Series 12)

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In this twelfth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“What’s the deal with the current fad of present tense narration? When is this a useful technique?”

Books mentioned:
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

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Questions 217: Underused Techniques (Writing Instruction Series 11)

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In this eleventh installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“What storytelling techniques (such as hyperbole) are, in your opinion, tragically underused?”

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Questions 216: Plot Formulas and Beginning Writers (Writing Instruction Series 10)

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In this tenth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“What, if any, value is there in teaching plot models and forumlas to my students?”

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