Why Use Creative Writing In Freshman Composition?

The world of academic writing revolves around research, presenting facts, and drawing conclusions. While the purpose of an academic paper may be cut and dry, the language used to get a point across doesn’t have to be. Consider some of the most well-known examples of non-fiction—from Malcolm Gladwell’s statistic-driven work to history and culture giant Guns, Germs and Steel. Despite their educational value, the books manage to capture the attention of academics and laymen alike. While creative writing strategies are more often associated with fiction, their mechanics can be applied to craft more engaging academic compositions.  

How to Use WriteLab in Your English Classroom

English teachers are constantly seeking classroom resources and tools that can enhance writing instruction, foster collaboration between students, and help students master learning and curriculum goals.

With WriteLab, English teachers get a tool that can do all of the above. So how can you make the best use of WriteLab’s benefits and features in your English classroom? Follow the ideas, tips, and strategies below for best results.

Why Writing Improves Thinking

The author and journalist William Wheeler once said, “Good writing is clear thinking made visible.” Not only does good writing demonstrate your thinking skills, but it can also help you improve them.

The same ingredients required for a great piece of writing: reflection, analysis, creativity, the ability to connect and support ideas—are also key components of higher level thinking. The more you sharpen your writing skills, the more you enhance your ability to think critically, creatively, and clearly.

Providing Feedback Students Will Respond To

When it comes to grading student essays, English teachers are always looking for a way to streamline the grading process while still giving students meaningful and effective feedback. Most teachers spend years developing a system that works for them—and years after that figuring out how to improve upon that system. The goals? To make their feedback more comprehensive. To make it more engaging. To see students actually improve their writing. And to grade faster and more effectively.

Learning to Embrace Writing Mistakes

Students often have a phobia of making mistakes, especially when it comes to writing. Students may think that their first draft is too long, or too short, or too boring, or too riddled with grammatical mistakes, leaving them to believe that they are not good writers (and are doomed to fail).

Expert Preparation Tips for the AP Language and Composition Exam

AP testing season is upon us, so let’s discuss the most writing intensive Advanced Placement exam: AP Language and Composition.

After the multiple choice section, the second and final portion of the exam requires test takers to answer three free response questions: a synthesis essay, a rhetorical analysis, and an argument. Students are given a total of 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete all three essays, and the section makes up 55% of your overall score on the exam.

One Teacher's Hilarious Take on Teacher Appreciation: "A Day in the Life of a High School English Teacher"

I’m a fourth year English teacher who teaches high school seniors at one of the largest public schools in Florida. I plan to be in this field until I’m old, gray, and retired. But while I love teaching—I can’t deny that it’s a challenging and sometimes thankless job.

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I thought it might be interesting to showcase just how much goes into a day in the life of an English teacher.