Category: Teaching

When You Reach Me – Middle Grade Sci-fi Writing Craft Review

This review of When You Reach Me, a Newberry Award-winning novel by Rebecca Stead, is hopefully the first of a series on writing craft in middle grade science fiction. I’ll explore issues of writing craft, such as theme, tone, voice, plot, characterization, etc. in a few of my new favourite books. My aim is for…
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7 Types of Sentence Fragments and How to Use Them

This article about the different types of sentences in English is for beginner to advanced native and ESL students and teachers. In short, everyone can get something from this look at the different types of sentences that exist in the English language. For a shortened version of this lesson, download my lesson, Advanced Sentences, and…
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mindmap using xmind

Xmind: a Free Self-Exploration Tool

Xmind is a great–free–mind-mapping tool that you can use to explore yourself!

Reading for Learning a New Language

If you are learning a new language, the most useful and pleasant thing you can do for your study is READ!!!  As an ESL teacher, I have noticed that my students who are regular readers, really advance more quickly than students who do not like reading.  Therefore it is important to foster the skill of…
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