Why Diction is Important

Diction

Teaching Diction and Tone I blame it all on SparkNotes. For every summary it provides, there are “Themes, Motifs & Symbols.”  When students visit sites like it, Shmoop, and LitCharts, they come away with the impression that the sole purpose of a work of literature is to exist through its symbols and motifs. It is … Read more…

Chris Bronke

Chris Bronke

Episode #86 Christopher Bronke has been teaching English for 13 years and is in his 5th year as English Department Chair at Downers Grove North. In this role he teaches 9th-grade honors, evaluates teachers, oversees the literacy coaching program, plans and implements PD, and works with other district leaders on CCSS integration/implementation and common assessments … Read more…

What is Syntax?

What is Syntax

In his 1985 book, 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing: Proven Professional Techniques for Writing with Style and Power, Gary Provost demonstrated what happens when a writer experiments with syntax: This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The … Read more…

Monica Burns: Class Tech Tips (Episode #85)

Monica Burns: Class Tech Tips

Dr. Monica Burns is a Curriculum and EdTech Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. As an educator, Monica was part of her school’s Federal Magnet Funding leadership team and was a vocal advocate for bringing 1:1 technology into her 5th grade classroom. During her tenure as a classroom teacher, Monica used iPads to … Read more…

Mentor Texts with Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell

Writing with Mentors

Episode #83 of the Talks with Teachers podcast Allison Marchetti  (Co-Founder of Moving Writers) currently teaches English 8 and Reading Writing Workshop 9 at Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia. Previously, she taught English 9, 10, Creative Writing, and AP Language at James River High School in Midlothian, Virginia. Allison earned her B.A. in English with a Poetry … Read more…