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Essay, I Say

Stop Trying to Be an "Artist"--Just Write!

Twenty Years and Twenty Minutes

AP English Blather

Measure Your Paragraphs

Paragraph Structure: Focus, Unity, and Direction

Paragraph Structure: Coherence

Don't Let Me Catch You Writing from a Thesaurus!

A Partial Defense of the Five-Paragraph Theme as a Model for Student Writing

Dictionary Definitions Are SO High School!

Fear Not the Introduction

Street Writing

BSO: The Basic Scratch Outline

The "Eureka!" Experience

Forget Formulas--Context Is Everything

You Can't Teach Writing by the Numbers

The Importance of Manuscript Form
(This link will take you to my "Teacher, Teacher" website.)

Active Voice vs. Passive Voice

What Do You Want Your Essay to DO to Your Reader--and WHY?

The Mystery Of The Missing Marks:
Some Misconceptions about the Grading of English Essays
Guest article by Dr. Nils Clausson, of the University of Regina in Canada
(This link will take you to my "Teacher, Teacher" website.)

Don't get Emotionally Attached to Your Own Opinion
(This link will take you to my "Teacher, Teacher" website.)

Don't Get Emotionally Attached to Your Own Opinion: Part II
(This link will take you to my "Teacher, Teacher" website.)

Beads!: Metaphors for Teaching Paragraph Unity and Coherence

Your Scaffolding Is Showing!

What to Write?: Using Aristotle's "Topics of Invention" as a Heuristic

Necessary Order

(This article has several parts.  They can all be accessed directly from Part 1, or you can use the separate links on this index.)

1. Grading Standards: What Is "Good" Writing?

2. Grading Standards: Adherence to Textual Conventions

3. Grading Standards: Correctness

4. Grading Standards: Style

5. Grading Standards: Voice

6. Grading Standards: Purpose

7. Grading Standards: Development

8. Grading Standards: Organization

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