What is Syntax?

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…

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…

The July Non-Fiction Read for the Summer Book Club

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

The July Read for the Talks with Teachers Book Club is… Alexander Hamilton Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation. Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow’s … Read more…

Talks with Teachers Summer Book Club

Teachers Summer Book Club

It’s summertime and the reading is…a bit more relaxed. We can finally escape in the imaginative world of a novel, restore our own spirit with inspirational non-fiction, and learn something new for the following school year with professional books. The Talks with Teachers Summer Book Club We have run a summer book club  for years to … Read more…