writing instruction

They Don’t Know Much About History

In the Lou Adler/Herb Alpert/Sam Cooke song, “(What a) Wonderful World,” the love-struck dreamer sings, “Don’t know much about history…” He later makes this assertion: “Don’t know much about the middle ages, looked at the pictures then I turned the pages, / Don’t know nothin’ ’bout no rise and fall, don’t know nothin’ ’bout nothin’ […]

Why You Gotta Make Me Keep Writing So Much?

Teaching writing to seventh graders is often quite tedious. Most of the kids really don’t want to write and, if they do, they don’t want to go through the arduous process of revising, editing and re-writing. Still I love what I do…most days. This year, I am really enjoying using our new software that allows […]