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Brianna Crowley

The 8 Minutes That Matter Most | Edutopia - 79 views

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    Starter and Closure ideas via AP Lit teacher
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    I start my English classes with "Observations". Students can state anything they have observed since the last class (as long as it's appropriate). We then explore how the observation can be used in writing. Not just as plot/narrative, but any aspect of English- as a metaphor, a character note- whatever we want to emphasize, and that the observation suggests. It not only gets kids past writer's block, but it promotes a mindset of finding the unique in the ordinary.
Chris Pirkl

Introductions - The Writing Center - 68 views

  • Your introduction is an important road map for the rest of your paper.
  • your introduction should contain a thesis that will assert your main argument. It should also, ideally, give the reader a sense of the kinds of information you will use to make that argument and the general organization of the paragraphs and pages that will follow. After reading your introduction, your readers should not have any major surprises in store when they read the main body of your paper.
  • our direct answer to the assigned question will be your thesis, and your thesis will be included in your introduction, so it is a good idea to use the question as a jumping off point.
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  • Start by thinking about the question (or questions) you are trying to answer
  • Open with an attention grabber.
  • an intriguing example
  • a provocative quotation
  • a puzzling scenario
  • a vivid and perhaps unexpected anecdote
  • a thought-provoking question
  • Avoid statements like “In this paper, I will argue that Frederick Douglass valued education.”
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      Highlights by C. Pirkl Dec 2014
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    I've highlighted some of the advice I think is most important in this handout. 
Amy Burns

21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology - Teache... - 115 views

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    "10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology Guest Blog by, Aditi Rao, courtesy of TeachBytes"
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    The same techniques could be used to introduce a new unit of study.
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