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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.

July 24, 2012

Software Co. CEO Has 'Zero Tolerance' for Poor Grammar

Last month, we highlighted a story on the reported decline of grammar skills in the workplace. Now we can add Kyle Wiens, CEO of the online-repair-manual company iFixit, to the list of executives who believe this is not merely an academic issue. In a fiery post for the Harvard Business Review, Wie...

July 16, 2012

Lesson Idea: Teaching Writing With Email Spam

Here's a teaching idea from an English teacher in Scotland that may come as a surprise: using spam emails to teach persuasive writing and other lessons to your students.

June 25, 2012

Should Blogging Have a Larger Role in the Curriculum?

On Powerful Learning Practice's "Voices" blog, high school English teacher Shelley Wright says that teachers and students need to understand that blogging is very different in kind from persuasive-essay writing. It's more informal, looser in structural demands, and more playful. And in the long run,...

June 22, 2012

When Poor Grammar Goes to Work

Something for you English teachers out there: Wall Street Journal columnist Sue Shellenbarger has an interesting piece on the downfall of decent grammar in the work place—a consequence, observers say, of the prevalence of informal communication conventions today.

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