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In the MOOD for Verbs?

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Regardless of how you feel about Common Core, teaching verb mood can be pretty challenging. These three steps can help your students learn these concepts—and they can be applied to teaching other concepts as well!

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The Keys to Writing Good Summaries

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Teachers know that when we ask a student to write a summary, we want that student to come up with a short statement giving the main points of a paragraph, article, or book. We, as teachers, think students know how to do this. (After all, they innately know how to use all the latest technology!) 

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Welcome to Must Love Teaching ELA!

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On this blog, our authors will be sharing insights, motivational messages, and practical teaching strategies for teaching English/language arts. We hope you’ll find the posts to be inspiring as you encourage your students to love their language and to wield it well!

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Writing Teacher vs. Writing Coach: You Make the Call

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Do you spend hours marking errors on a set of writing assignments only to see those same errors again on the next assignment? And the next? Does it frustrate you so much than you’ve considered throwing in the towel? Don’t change your career; just alter your job description a bit! Instead of a being writing teacher, consider becoming a writing coach.

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GA DOE Statement on Grammar Warm-ups--What Do You Think?

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Students must have a basis for understanding grammar, its rules and language, before a teacher can assist with grammar within the context of writing. For example, it would be difficult for me to teach my high school students about the comma splices I see in their Beowulf essays if they couldn't identify an independent clause. Daily Oral Language, M.U.G. Shots, and Daily Grammar Practice give students a short, daily exposure to grammar that takes up less than five minutes of class time, while making sure they are versant in the basic concepts of grammar. This they will need in order to understand the more intricate rules of our language and improve their writing.

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