Brainstorming Through Writer’s Block

How to Fix Writer's Block

Whether we are beginning writers, seasoned writing instructors, or best-selling novelists, writer’s block is bound to plague us all at some point or another, and it is highly likely to show up in the middle school or high school classroom when students are journaling or beginning an essay. ‍No matter … Read more

Four Steps to Teaching Your Students Adverbs

How to Teach Adverbs

Here’s a quick kinesthetic grammar activity to introduce the topic of adverbs.  If you can pair a physical activity with a concept, studies show that retention levels among students increase.  Follow this easy, step-by-step guide to teach adverbs to your students. ‍Step 1: Ask For Two Volunteers ‍Ask for two … Read more

How to Fire Your Internal Critic

Internal Writing Critic

We all have that little voice of doubt inside of us.  You know – the one that’s constantly whispering, “Your writing stinks.  Give up on this draft while you have the chance.  You call yourself a writer?  What a laugh!”  Ah yes…now you know the voice I’m talking about. ‍We … Read more

How to Win the War on Comma Splices

How to correct comma splices

Commas have so many uses in the English language that it is no surprise comma splices appear all throughout our students’ writing. We might applaud their efforts for wanting to use this handy piece of punctuation, but when students start using commas willy-nilly and placing them wherever they like, it’s … Read more