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March 27, 2014

The Last Days of the Red Pen?

A Cornwall school is emphasizing dialogues in essay grading, but there are other new approaches to writing feedback, too.

March 19, 2014

Authors Lament Dearth of Black Characters in Children's Fiction

Two prominent African-American children's book authors, and at least one language arts teacher, say the lack of black characters in recent children's literature has series implications for students' understanding of the world.

February 07, 2014

To Stir Up Curriculum, Teacher Ousts Novels for The New York Times

A New Jersey English teacher finding students to be bored with the assigned novels, started using New York Times human-interest stories to teach students about critical analysis.

October 21, 2013

Writing to Connect: A Celebration of Composition

Oct. 21, 2013 is the National Day on Writing, which will discuss how people use writing in their everyday lives to connect with others.

August 28, 2013

Close Reading and the 'I Have a Dream' Speech

A presentation expert uses a visual-display tool to analyze the shape and rhetorical patterns in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

April 02, 2013

The Last Days of 'Whom'?

Language arts teachers take note: According to Atlantic staff writer Megan Garber, the dreaded "who/whom" distinction may soon be a thing of the past.

November 30, 2012

Friday Video Break: 'The Art of the Metaphor'

TEDEducation has been putting together some very cool short lesson videos combining animation with instruction by high-profile educators.

October 22, 2012

Writing: Practice What You Teach

Last Friday (Oct. 20) was National Day on Writing, as declared by the U.S. Senate. Our stellar new book blogger, Amy Wickner, wrote a nice post about it here. If you didn't get a chance to celebrate with your students, don't fret. November is NaNoWriMo—or National Novel Writing Month, as decl...

August 27, 2012

Teaching Writing, Old-School

Continuing his search for answers to schools' writing-instruction problems, Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews profiles Rick Cannon, a renowned English teacher at an all-boys Catholic high school in Washington. For more than 30 years, Mathews reports, Cannon has been getting glowing r...

August 15, 2012

Grammar Becomes Debateable

English teachers take note: Grammar—yes, grammar—has been making headlines this summer.

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