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The 2 Voices in Writing and How to Teach Them

By Barbara Mariconda We’ve all heard teachers talk about “voice” – how a piece of writing somehow has it – or doesn’t. Often referred to as “author’s voice, it is a frequently misunderstood concept, an illusive quality that often seems difficult, if not impossible to teach. In fact, some people feel that authors are either […]


Argumentative vs Persuasive Writing

Argumentative vs Persuasive Writing

Are you confused about the difference between argumentative and persuasive writing? If so, you are certainly not alone. Many teachers struggle to identify and explain the subtle distinctions between these two genres. Here are two clues to help you tell them apart: Is the author presenting evidence or trying to convince you of something? By […]


Writing Compound and Complex Sentences

Quick. What’s wrong with the paragraph below: It was nearly midnight. He was lying on his stomach in bed. The blankets were drawn right over his head like a tent. He had a flashlight in one hand. A large leather-bound book (A History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot) was propped open against the pillow. Harry […]


Making Annotation & Analysis Fun – Text Detective Kits!

It would be great if there was a sexier name for annotation and analysis. The term conjures up images of students slumped at their desks, the teacher pressing them to a task that sounds as though it belongs in the same category as sentence diagraming. In other words – deadly boring. I’m happy to say […]