The words “book report” can elicit groans from students at any age. Writing a summary of a book isn’t necessarily the most effective way to demonstrate learning in the digital age. With summary book websites online, the traditional book report is no longer an enriching task. Here are 25 alternatives to the traditional book report for students to demonstrate their comprehension and deeper understanding of a book.
You hear it all the time. The way to get better at writing is to just do it. . .write! What happens when the words don’t flow? You can sit there waiting for divine inspiration to strike from the muses, or you can have writing prompts ready at your disposal to help you fight so-called “writer’s block”. Here are 31+ prompts (one a day and then some for our short months) to kickstart your writing!
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With the rapid expansion of the Internet, it is clear that the quality of English writing—both American and British—has taken a dive for the worst. “Netspeak” is obtrusively taking over most electronic communications, making good writing practices increasingly scarce. With such a strong influence the Internet has over the world today, it is no wonder it’s a struggle to help our children make good writing a habit. Even the most intelligent and successful business leaders seem small and insignificant when they distribute e-mails full of spelling errors and non-capitalized sentences. It’s more vital than ever to teach our children to write well before they are released into a relentless and competitive world.
The best way to learn to write is to practice. People learn best by making mistakes and correcting them for themselves. The following method of teaching writing enforces that very concept. It will work for established writers who need to polish their skills, and it will work for the struggling student too. Whether you are working with just one child at home or in a co-op class, you can teach anyone to be a better writer with a little patience and a lot of persistence.
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This is a guest post by Jennifer Courtney. Is our entire civilization in danger because of our impoverished language? Is text speak a sign that we are losing the ability to construct and communicate complex ideas through written language? In a philosophy class, I led a group of high school students to come up with…
Do your kids know how to write cursive? Do you think it’s important for kids to learn cursive? The Argument to Teach Cursive Some parents and educators want cursive handwriting to be included in students’ lessons. Here’s what they said about that: How will they ever be able to read historical documents such as the…
When you were born, you were given a name. It might not sound very special to you because it’s the only name you’ve ever known, but it is special because it was chosen by somebody that loves you. Did you know that every name also has a meaning? You can look up the meaning of…