How to Craft a Killer Thesis Statement

Thesis Statements

Thesis statements are tricky. Maybe that’s because there’s so much pressure riding on them. I have heard that a thesis statement should distill all of the ideas of an essay into one or two sentences. It has also been said that the thesis statement is a road map, marking the path of an essay and … Read more…

Speed Dating for Research Papers

Teacher:  Mary Tedrow School:  John Handley High School, VA Class:  High School Speed-date your research papers. There is nothing worse than taking home a pile of papers, spending a weekend marking them up only to have students ignore the marks, repeat the mistakes, and learn nothing in the process. The next time a major paper is … Read more…

#8 The Teaching Channel’s Sarah Brown Wessling

Sarah Brown Wessling HS English Teacher, 2010 National Teacher of the Year, Host — Teaching Channel (Johnston, Iowa)   January Contest: Win a Copy of Carol Jago’s With Rigor for All by emailing me a lesson that worked (email)    Segment I – Background and Inspiration Tell your story. Where are you from and how long … Read more…

Showing-versus-Telling & The Walking Dead

Name: Rebekah O’Dell (@RebekahOdell1) Class: English 9 Standard School: Trinity Episcopal School, Virginia Intro The first twenty minutes of the pilot episode of The Walking Dead is virtually silent. I hadn’t remembered that when, out of desperation and end-of-October exhaustion, I agreed to show the episode to my ninth graders on Halloween. They begged. I was weak. … Read more…

#6 The Souls of Students with Dan Sharkovitz

Dan Sharkovitz English Teacher/Department Chair — Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School    Segment I – Background and Inspiration Tell your story. Where are you from and how long have you been teaching? What classes have you taught?  – Dan has been teaching at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School since 1979. He began is teaching … Read more…

#5 Lesson Planning with James Cross

James Cross English Teacher — Lakewood High School/ Director of AP Oxford Academy    Segment I – Background and Inspiration Tell your story. Where are you from and how long have you been teaching? What classes have you taught?  – This is his 40th year in the classroom. He was hired over the telephone in … Read more…