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Struggling to get your #Students to #read #Nonfiction? Here’s the perfect activity!

Image of the 2nd half of a nonfiction group game/activity worksheet. To access the first half of this worksheet, you must go back to the preceding week's posting.

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As my regular followers know, I posted the first half of this activity sheet last Monday. You’ll have to go back to that earlier blog post to download the first half of the worksheet shown here.

The game that accompanies this worksheet goes like this:

  • Bring a cart full of DIY and craft project books from the library into your classroom.
  • Pass out a different book to each student.
  • Divide students into groups of three to five students.
  • Have students work in groups to fill out the worksheet.

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Students Synthesize Primary Sources w/ This Titanic Handout #engchat #engedu #english-teacher


Here’s the graphic organizer I use with my English students when we read “R.M.S. Titanic” (the newspaper article) along with accompanying documents found in the Holt Elements of Literature textbook, in addition to the fascinating and significantly contrary article, found on Wikipedia, that offers biographical information about J. Bruce Ismay.

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Image of four graphic organizers that use bubles, ovals, and rectangles to connect ideas


How to #Teach #Proofreading Marks

image of African American middle school girl with glasses working diligently on a writing assignment in school

Image: iClipart

No matter how you look at it, there are lots of proofreading marks, and it’s going to take a while to memorize all of them. However, there are several strategies I’ve used over the years to help my students apply proofreading marks when they get together for peer editing:

  1. tape the proofreading symbols to the students’ desks inside a page protector sleeve
  2. score their first draft based on how many proofreading symbols appear on the first draft
  3. require the use of actual proofreading symbols whenever students do their Daily Oral Language (Daily Language Learning) lessons
  4. quiz students on these proofreading marks and their use by giving them a handout that shows lots of errors and asking them to correctly edit it

By far, the best strategy I’ve used is #2. It’s tricky though, especially when dealing with the Hermione Grangers in class (see my previous post entitled “How to Teach Students to Use a Thesaurus” to make sure you’re being fair to all the best writers in your classroom).

Editing shouldn’t be a five-minute event in your classroom. My classes usually spend two to three days editing. That’s closer to the way things go in the real world of writers and editors.

How would I know what the “real world” is like? I’m YA author, Chelly Wood, and although I’ve taught English/language arts for 20+ years, my real passion comes from being a novelist. My tale of a Latina teen who finds herself pregnant without a baby daddy will be released in July of 2016 by Reputation Books. It’s called Sunkissed Sodas, and you can see the book trailer on my YouTube channel.

But let’s get back to the educationally-based discussion at hand. How can we teach our students to correctly use proofreading marks? Start by presenting them with the handouts I offer on this website. Here’s a link to the page called “Proofreading Symbols“. This page will give you the symbol, it’s name, and examples of how it’s used. These are also available on my Pinterest page, by the way.

Did you know English Emporium has a page offering my PowerPoint presentations too? These take the students, step by step, through each of the six traits of good writing, to help them find mistakes they never would have noticed without your help and guidance. Here are a few that are especially helpful for editing:

Let me know if you have any trouble downloading those PowerPoint presentations.

That’s probably enough on the topic of teaching proofreading marks. Remember that I frequently check English Emporium for comments or questions from my followers. I’m happy to share my expertise with other teachers and writers.

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How to Make a Works Cited Page for #Teachers and #Students



For the past few weeks, I’ve been offering free handouts and graphic organizers that help teachers coordinate research projects for their students. Today I’m going to share the handout I use when teaching my students how to make a Works Cited pages.

Granted, EasyBib does all the dirty work for most students these days, but what if your report is due tomorrow and the Internet’s down? Will your students be able to wing it? Mine will! Because I’ve offered a lesson with the following handout:

Explanation of various types of citation using MLA format

This is only Page 1 of this worksheet. For the rest of it, please scroll down to the link provided, for my Pinterest page.

Now in case you didn’t notice, this is only Page 1 of the handout. Page 2 shows how to use footnotes that match the Works Cited. I’ll be posting that page next week, along with a link to the PowerPoint presentation I use when guiding my students through the editing process. However, if you need Page 2 right away, please visit my Pinterest page (see link).

And don’t forget that I like it a lot when folks pin my worksheets to their own Pinterest pages, “like” my handy tools on Facebook, or tweet about how awesome my website is! 😉

Are you curious about the lady who creates all this free stuff? I’m Chelly Wood, and although I’ve taught English/language arts for 20+ years, I also moonlight as a YA novelist. My tale of a Latina teen who finds herself pregnant and married to a total stranger (a teenage gabacho her dad picked out for her) will be released in July of 2016 by Reputation Books. It’s called Sunkissed Sodas, and you can see the book trailer on my YouTube channel.

Technology for the Elderly

Technology for the Elderly

In the past, I have taught classes like, “Internet Shopping for Senior Citizens,” and “Microsoft Word for Adults”. Sometimes adult and elderly students are the most difficult technology students! (It goes back to the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” right?) Anyway, at a conference I attended last December, I saw this clever video on teaching technology to the narrow-minded student.

It’s HILARIOUS! Just watch: