Tag: Writing

Meaningful and Coherent Paragraphs

Chapter Five: Meaningful and Coherent Paragraphs Readers are not sheep, and not every pen tempts them. Vladimir Nabokov               Several years ago, a student approached me after school with an unusual, but fun request. He had convinced his history teacher to give him extra credit for memorizing the lyrics...

Fight the Clutter: Concision and Flow

Chapter Four Fight the Clutter: Concision and Flow Clutter is the laborious phrase that has pushed out the short word that means the same thing. William Zinsser               In the previous chapter, I presented basics for writing clear sentences: use a high-imagery subject and an action verb. That’s a...

Creating A Positive Writing Mindset

Creating a Positive Writing Mindset               I liked opening semesters, especially with high-achieving AP students, by asking, “Who enjoys writing?” Of the thirty-plus students, a few enthusiastically raised their hands; a few others, timidly. “Who doesn’t enjoy it?” Typically, many more would raise their hands with some suspicious students...