Author: Erica Hart

Narrative And Logical Sequence

I try to emphasize with students I’m teaching a narrative is that this chronology in a narrative it doesn’t spend a week a month a year because that’s the first reaction with someone’s trying to write a story this chronology I always try to get them to think in terms of the day or less right because when you start to branch out into a chronology that goes over weeks months years and that’s not a narrative anymore write a narrative is a very significant event that that follows a logical sequence in this sequence the time period is very limited all right and there’s another question it says yeah I’m trying to try to see I have barked something probably well in any cases it’s open to my screen alright so we’re also looking at duck.

So till the events of the story right there moving from one direction to another alright so a good narrative communicates a lesson so at the end there’s always a lesson learned here so what I mean by that this sequence of events shows us that that we have gone through a story and that we communicate it in a way that shows a lesson that was learned from the whole process all right all right so I’m going to give an example right now of what a good narrative looks like and in this case we see that we have rising and falling action so this is what a picture of a narrative should look like so okay there are two all right so a good day or two has a beginning a middle and end so you see here it says exposition rising action and then it says climax it says end of story and then it says an outlet so a good narrative will look like this and everybody rest assured here this looks kind of small here but i’m going to show you in a larger secret so here’s the background information then we have a thesis statement thesis statement tells exactly what the whole essay is about.

And this is your main idea so it’s been the narrative now we have a beginning and a mythical an end and the lesson learned alright alright so I’m going to show you some larger turf this is a specific example of a narrative that was given by one of my students so I’m going to look at this in terms of the background right so the background here is the beginning of the story these are all the who’s what’s when’s Where’s right so this story comes this Darren kid comes from mongolia by a student from mongolia and he talks about a time when he was 10 or 11 years sold it was crying for him to choose his port and he chose the sport wrestling because his father was a wrestler right and when it was six months in the program he decided to take part in take part in a wrestling tournament so he decided to compete in a national tournament and this national tournament taught it so much so at the beginning of the story this is the rising action.

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Establish Your Reward

At the time you set the goal and number three you can also have a mini reward along the way so you can have your reward at the end and then like I said have some mini rewards that you have set along the way and don’t be afraid to to just on a whim sometimes report yourself you know maybe one of you get you wake up one day and you realize wow look at how far I’ve come and in reaching and moving toward this goal of mine you know what I need to celebrate and we’ll do that here at the office sometimes we are so focused and we’re we’re so looking at our target and where we have to go and just really focusing on the the end that we don’t realize we’re making these great accomplishments along the way. Educate yourself on Edusson.

So we will take that time to celebrate and make sure we reward ourselves so we can keep going the next one is one of my favorites commitments Trump it should be Trump desires or a commitment Trump’s desire if you have the reaching stardom workbook that is both on pages 25 and 29 so commitment is so important I talk about it twice in two different places in the workbook but let me fill in the blanks it says personal commitment is extremely important to remain.

So the fill in the blank is remain motivated when you feel discouraged commitment is taking ownership and responsibility so what do I mean by commitment Trump’s desire let me give you a few examples so there are two different things I could have a really strong desire to achieve something and I get that means usually that I’m very excited it’s something that I really want to do so let’s say that I know for women a big desire is to be healthier to lose weight they really desire that but they’re not necessarily does you know excited to go to the gym or do the daily walks or put in the effort that it takes or measuring their food or taking their vitamins.

But if you’re committed you will do it even if you don’t like it even if you don’t feel like it so maybe a I just thought of us very simple example because I just went through this is I had to go to cardiac rehab for several weeks from the surgery I had last August and the rehab was to last for it was 12 weeks 3 days a week and there are only certain times I could go and they were all during the day so I wasn’t really too excited about being away from the office I was excited and looking forward to going to the rehab because I knew it was going to make me stronger and better and prove that I was was healthy but I didn’t like that I was going to be away from the office as I said so much because then my work was getting backlogged that’s where commitment came in I was committed to my health I was committed to doing my rehab.

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Welcome to Ten-Minute Revision!

ne tricky aspect of the Common Core Standards is the way the language standards build on one another. In the introduction to the language section, it says,

“Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.”

In grades 3 through 12, many of the grade-specific language standards are marked with an asterisk, which means they ought to be reviewed frequently in subsequent years. What this means for high-school teachers like us is that we have to teach a few specific grammar or language standards that students haven’t been exposed to before (like parallel structure or semicolon usage), but we are also responsible for reviewing a lot of past concepts that they should have (but may not have) mastered in previous grades.

The only way I have found to do this without taking up all available class time and making students despise language and grammar is through short, focused activities at the beginning of class every day. If it’s daily, the students see it as a normal routine rather than a cruel and unusual punishment and you are able to cover a lot of grammatical ground. And if it’s short (ten minutes tops) the students don’t feel too bogged down by it and you still have plenty of time left over for all the other incredible projects and activities you want to guide your students through during the year.

I originally created a full-year, comprehensive grammar curriculum called Ten-Minute Grammar for my seventh and eighth graders. The students enjoyed it (as crazy as that sounds, considering that we’re talking about grammar), I covered a huge amount of ground during the year, my students told me the daily practice really helped in their standardized tests, and their writing improved. And best of all, it only took ten minutes per day.

But now that I’ve moved into high-school English classes, I needed to create a new set of materials that hit students at a higher level.

Ten-Minute Revision is similar to Ten-Minute Grammar in that it is a full-year, comprehensive program built around short, daily practices. Each day, students come to class and find a few short practice questions that they can answer on a sheet of scratch paper. They have five minutes to answer the questions the best they can, and then five minutes more are spent analyzing and discussing the answers.

Where the Ten-Minute Revision units differ from TMG is in the type of concepts being taught. In TMG units, the topics were usually very concrete grammar concepts focused on identifying examples in context and then finding and correcting errors. In the TMR units, the focus is more practical—it’s all about helping students improve their writing. We will focus on topics like how to write a powerful thesis statement, how to revise wordy writing, and how to choose words deliberately for meaning. Many of these concepts don’t have right or wrong answers, but there are some revision rules-of-thumb that the students can benefit from.

The key difference is that the skills and concepts taught in these units are intended to be put to use immediately. Rather than stand-alone units that are separate from whatever you’re doing with the remainder of your class time, the goal here is to get students to apply new concepts in the context of whatever writing they are doing in English class as well as their other subject areas.

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Brainstorm Thesis Statement Creation Outline

Step 1: Brainstorm Your Ideas (Web or List Format)

The purpose of brainstorming is to put your ideas about your topic on paper. It is important to
somewhat organize your ideas but things may still change after this step. The most important part is to
put down as many ideas as you can think of so you have lots of information to choose from as you move

You can choose to do a web or list based on the instructions below. You have the following page to
complete your brainstorm.

Web Instructions:
1. Begin your diagram with a circle in the middle of the page.
2. Inside the circle, write your topic.
3. From your circle, draw four or five lines out into the page. Be sure to spread them out.
4. Draw a circle at the end of each line. In the circle, put different subtopics.
5. At the end of each of these lines, draw 5 more circles.
6. In each circle, write examples from the text (with page numbers if possible) that prove your

List Instructions:
1. Begin by writing the topic of your essay at the top of your page, centred and underlined.
2. Make 4 or 5 subtopics that fit under your main topic. Make sure to underline these headings and
leave 6 or 7 lines between each subtopic.
3. Under each subtopic, come up with 5 examples from the text (with page numbers if possible)
that prove the subtopic fits with your main topic.

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Essay Writing Package Overview


Step 1: Brainstorm
Students are provided with the task and asked to create a web or list to start the essay writing process.

Step 2: Compose a Thesis Statement
Students are provided instruction on how to complete a three-pronged thesis statement for their essay topic.

Step 3: Outline Your Essay
Students are provided with a graphic organizer to help them organize their thoughts for their essay.


Step 4: Write Body Paragraphs
Workspace and detailed instructions are provided in this step.

Step 5: Write Introduction
Workspace and detailed instructions are provided in this step.

Step 6: Write Conclusion
Workspace and detailed instructions are provided in this step.


Step 7: Revising
Detailed instructions and checklists with guiding questions are provided to help students revise
their essays.


Step 8: Editing
Detailed instructions and checklists with guiding questions are provided to help students revise
their essays.

Peer Review

Step 9: Peer Review
Detailed instructions, checklists, and a comment/feedback form are provided to help students
work together to revise and edit each others’ essays.


Step 10: Evaluate
Instructions are provided to get students to reflect on their work.


Step 11: Publish
Instructions are provided to get students to make a final copy of their work.


A detailed rubric is provided to help teachers assess their students’ work.

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A Step-By-Step Guide that Outlines the Essay Writing Process for Students and Teachers

Essay Topic:

Write an essay that proves what kind of character traits the protagonist in your book possesses. Use the characterization notes you went through. Follow the writing process.

Web Instructions:

1. Begin your diagram with a circle in the middle of the page.
2. Inside the circle, write your topic. What type of character is the protagonist of your story?
3. From your circle, draw four or five lines out into the page. Be sure to spread them out.
4. Draw a circle at the end of each line. In the circle, put different adjectives or character traits your character could possess.
5. At the end of each of these lines, draw 5 more circles.
6. In each circle, write examples that prove the character possesses that trait.
o If you are trying to persuade, you want to write your best arguments.
o If you are trying to explain a process, you want to write the steps that should be followed.
o If you are trying to inform, you want to write the major categories into which your information can be divided.

Additional Concepts to Consider Teaching in Greater Depth:

   Thesis Statements
Information is provided in the booklet but you may choose to provide more information on thesis statements, provide more practice, or go over them in more detail.
   Transition Words and Phrases
You may choose to go into greater depth with transition words and phrases to give students a greater understanding of this piece of writing.
   MLA Format
Basic information is provided in the booklet but you may choose to provide more detailed information like how to cite properly or how to format your paper correctly.

You may choose to use the OWL Purdue Online Learning Lab for help. You can find the MLA
Formatting and Style Guide at

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How to write an analytical essay

Begin with an introduction in which you present the text that you are going to analyze and its overall theme. A simple way is to name its author and title and then add a thematic statement such as this, “Miguel Syjuco’s short story ’Be Here Now’ from 2010 is about a photo journalist who is trying to find his feet in a relationship after having been abroad”.

And why not pose an interesting question that relates to the text? Then you may give a more focused thesis statement, which is a couple of sentences that describe your particular take on the text, explaining in what direction your will essay go. End your introduction by presenting your essay further, i.e. by naming the specific focal points that you are going to investigate.

The Three-Part Essay

A standard essay consists of three constituent parts—the introduction, the body, and the conclusion.

The Introductory Paragraph

Our thesis sentence—the essay’s primary claim—should be the last sentence of the introductory paragraph. Since we already have our thesis sentence—it was created when we created our outline—we can simply place it at the end of the introductory paragraph.

While constructing our introductory paragraph, we might want to use one of the following approaches: background knowledge; a rhetorical question; a quotation; a topic of current interest; a contradictory, shocking, controversial, or minority opinion.

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How to Write an Essay

Your first step: Your first step is to create your thesis sentence. Choosing first the topic, then the stance to take on that topic might be the most important step in the essay. Turning a poor thesis into a good essay is a difficult task.

Avoid the stale, worn-out topics like gun control and abortion; also avoid vague, wishy-washy topics like “music” or “what a real friend is.”

Once a suitable topic is chosen, avoid taking the obvious stance on that topic. Arguing that the elderly should have access to food is a waste of time and effort. Of course the elderly should have access to food. Everyone already agrees with that proposition.

Instead, choose a minority opinion—go against the grain. We want fresh insights, new angles on old problems. An essay about how we should go to school so we can get a better job is tame and obvious. Think beyond the obvious. Is making money really the only reason to go to school? Is the kind of intelligence valued in school the same as the intelligence valued in work? Why do we want to make money anyway? How did this economic system come about? Is this really the best of all possible worlds? And so on. This is the kind of critical thinking writers should engage in before selecting a topic and creating a thesis sentence. Good thesis sentences cover new ground; bad thesis sentences cover the same ground that thousands of others have already covered.

Prewriting: There are many forms of prewriting; ultimately, an outline serves as the best platform from which to create an essay. As a bare minimum (a “barebones outline”), the writer should have a major point (the thesis) and three sub-points—the support. A barebones outline might look like this:

We should focus on obtaining what is necessary for life. (thesis)

  • food
  • shelter
  • warmth

This minimal structure can serve as the jumping off point for an essay. Or, if further security is desired, the barebones outline can be made fuller:

  • The one-word items can be turned into complete sentences.
    • A third level can be added. If we think of the thesis as level 1 and the three sub-points as level 2, then the next level of the outline would be level 3. Some details about food—examples of food or explanation of why food is so important—would become the third level of the outline. The same is true of details about shelter and warmth.

Once a satisfactory outline has been created, two steps still remain.

The first is to check for overlap. Our three points must be distinct from one another. In fact, our sample above is guilty of overlap. Since the terms “shelter” and “warmth” are not entirely distinct, we would probably want to revise—a better third term would improve our outline.

The second step is to arrange our three points in some logical order. The most common order in which to place our points is weakest to strongest. Such an order takes advantage of the psychology of argument, giving our readers the impression that our essay is gaining in strength as it unfolds. So if we were to arrange our three sub-points, we would probably reverse the current order: warmth (weakest), shelter, and food (strongest). (Due to the fact that we usually think of our strongest points first, it is often the case that we need to discuss our points in the reverse order that we thought of them.)

Not till we’ve take all these steps are we ready to begin writing.

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Gone Home Indie Game Review

Now, having said all that, when I checked the rating, I found something very interesting. The rating between the critics and the users were glaringly opposite. In metascore, for critic review, the game scored, 90/100 (based on 28 critics), while the users gave the game a low 4.8 (based on 432 ratings). I have never seen such a polarized score on any game until Gone Home. This made me want to play the game much more.


Read especially if money is tight for you, fellow broke person you!

As mentioned, I will be breaking down the game first which shows the aspects of the game that shined through for me, then at the end, I will explain why I believe what I do concerning whether or not the game is worth it is price. I hope you guys/gals read everything carefully because I believe it is one of those games that are on a balance scale in terms of being great or not, of course this depends on the person as well. Plus, as a fulltime broke college student, I understand how for people where money is tight, every penny counts, so I understand you want to make sure the game you are getting and/or supporting has enough content to live up to it is price. I feel horrible saying it that way, but us monetarily challenged people just do not have the luxury of going, oh well, and shrug it off. As I said, majority of the people who asked me to review this game are in this situation so I hope I write well enough to help everyone with their decision.

First Impression and Gameplay

As I started the game, I was greeted by the voice of the character I am playing, and I do not know if it is just me, but as she talked and because of the atmosphere of the house, I started thinking of the movie, Taken. Afterwards, I finally entered the big house. The first thing I noticed was the scary and ominous vibe of the huge house. I also started thinking that they are one messy people, leaving trash everywhere. If it was an Asian household, such as the one I am living in right now; that shi wont fly son. Sorry, I digressed!

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Study With Digital Photography Classes Online

Digital photography classes online have the potential to take anyone from the level of absolute beginner to any level they choose, including the level where they can make photography their living if desired. There are basics to be learned, whether you are completely new to photography, or whether you have entered the craft from a position of experience with film cameras. Once you have learned these basics, it will be up to you how far you want to take your studies, and which level of competence you want to achieve.

Online classes come in many different forms, and are aimed at people with entirely different skill levels. The most comprehensive courses are able to take a beginner quickly to the level where they can take reasonable photographs, especially if they are using a camera which has self-adjusting settings. As the photographer gains more confidence, they can them learn how to use manual settings which offer the possibility of greatly enhanced results. This is the point at which you become a genuine user of all of the functions of the camera, and where you can achieve effects which the auto settings will not give you.

Learning how to use distance, aspect and lighting conditions to your best advantage will be the greatest step you can take towards becoming an effective photographer. The great advantage of the digital camera is that you can take as many photographs as you like without wasting resources, as anything which does not need to be kept can simply be deleted. The classes will come with an expectation that you send your own work in to be marked and assessed, and this will give you valuable feedback that you can take and make good use of.

It is also easy to integrate digital photography classes online with the need to modify pictures using software. This can be done with both free and paid software depending on the level of the course which you are taking. If you are using free software, you will need to course material to teach you all of the workings of it, as free software is extremely poorly documented. If the course is at a higher level, and is using the state of the art Adobe Photoshop software, you will be able to work with both the course material and the documentation for the software.

You can use online classes to reach any level of proficiency with digital photography, even to the extent of gaining a degree which can get you a new career. There are some roles within journalism which absolutely demand a high level of formal education, and this can now be achieved in more than one way. In the past, it was extremely difficult for anyone who had gone beyond the standard college age to get an education. There was a demand for two years at least of residential study, and this would obviously mean giving up your existing career and moving away from home.

Now, college standard digital photography classes online have removed the need for anyone to take these steps. You can study from your own home, largely in hours which you choose to suit yourself, and still achieve the same end result as the campus student. The competition for jobs in journalism is heavy, but there is no reason not to try if that is really what you want to do. If you don’t have a position at any given time, you can always use your photography skills to earn money in some other way while you wait. You will learn the full range of skills with digital photography classes online.