Whirligig by Paul Fleischman definitely qualifies as a novel worth teaching. It is a slim, yet powerful, unassuming, yet life-changing, novel about mistakes, restitution, and forgiveness by others and of ourselves.Read More
As the writer, he had the ultimate control over her character, her story, and her voice. And he effectively silences her. The old saying is true: The pen truly is mightier than the sword.Read More
It’s the end of a great year! 2020 starts my 6th year on TPT. I posted my first product on February 28, 2014, and that product has been my best-selling product each and every year. So, without further ado – here are my best-selling products of 2019.Read More
After teaching ACT Prep for the last 14 years in public schools and for private companies, these are my top 3 Reading ACT test tips. Many students don’t finish this section and potentially causing a steep drop in their score. Here are 3 tips that can help you when taking the ACT Reading test.Read More
Have you ever found yourself dreading the upcoming unit/novel/play? Do you put it off and hope you run out of time to teach it? Too often English teachers are corralled into teaching specific texts by people who don’t have to teach those texts. These texts are not ones that they are passionate about. And in the end, student learning suffers.Read More
It is nearly impossible to know every grammar rule in the English language in order to get ready for the ACT English Test. So, picture this, it is the night before the test and you are doing some last minute studying and you are trying to cram in every grammar and rhetoric rule you remember from English class.
Too often I have had students who get caught up in knowing every minor detail of grammar that it prevents them from focussing on the 3 key things they need to know for the ACT English Test.Read More