Dear Common Core English Standards: Can we talk?
Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
Back in 1993, when I had barely been teaching in my own high school English classroom for a month, I had an epiphany. I looked around my classroom of ninth graders and realized, consciously, that they were not all going to become high school English teachers. As epiphanies go, I admit that does not sound exceptional, but it was actually foundational for…
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Whether you’re a planner or not, there’s one thing every writer will need as they prepare for NaNoWriMo: inspiration. We’ve challenged some of our favorite authors, and the NaNo staff to inspire you by sharing what’s inspired them… and challenging you to prepare a specific jumpstart for that inevitable idea drought:
The Inspirer: Sarah Mackey, NaNoWriMo Director of Community Engagement
The Inspiration Sources:
The Jumpstart: Write a short letter to one of your possible characters for them to respond to in November.
Why This Will Inspire You: I’ve been contemplating writing an epistolary novel for NaNoWriMo this year. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, it’s a story written in the form of documents, usually letters. They are among my favourite type of novels to read, and although I’ve often included various letters, emails, text messages, and other documents in previous novels, I’ve never gone 100% epistolary before.
Great advice! I’m considering writing my novel as a series of 1,667-word blog posts, some with reader comments.
The admissions office must be running behind or something … really really far behind …
Ah, that explains it. I’ll keep waiting, then.
J.K. Rowling’s novels tell a powerful story about fairness, the economy and the best way to organize to help people who are less fortunate than you.
Fantastic article on using stories we love to teach about complex social issues.