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Where’s Your Evidence?

I teach seventh grade. In my universe, citing evidence is not intuitive or automatic. It is a skill we work on all year with varying levels of success. Students love to say how they feel about something they’ve read. They don’t always love supporting that idea with evidence from the text.To be honest, I haven’t […]

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Who Owns This Work? An Overview of Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

How Do I Copyright My Own Work? According to the United States Copyright Office (2012) document “Copyright Basics,” an original work enjoys copyright protections from the time of its creation. There is no need to register it with any government office (p. 1).  The work does not need to be published. Simply put, if you made […]

Hopes, Fears, and Expectations for the First Day of School

The other day on Twitter I ran across a statement: “Any teacher who spends the first day on class rules really wants one more day of summer.” Well, it said something like that—I can’t find it now. Even though I agree with the sentiment, I have been guilty of doing just that, for years. For the past […]

Writing for Authentic Audiences #1: Class Open Mic

Click here for link to Slide Deck: Open Mic Protocol Student writers need to write for real audiences. They simply write better when it’s for someone besides the teacher. I tried to avoid this truth for many years. I have valid reasons for my denial. Having students write for authentic audiences can be challenging. First, I have to find […]

Reading about Fashion as the Mirror of History

Albee, S. (2015). Why’d they wear that? Fashion as the mirror of history. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society. Description: From “The Ancient World (10,000 B.C. – A.D. 1000)” to “World at War (20th Century and Beyond),” Albee’s Why’d They Wear That? narrates world history by describing the fashions, fads, and clothing innovations of each era. In the forward, Albee says, “For hundreds and in […]