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A close-up shot of an email shows the subject line reads
Slice Not Loaf (Email Subject Lines)
A paragraph is marked up to indicate important lines to use in writing later
Citing Text Evidence
The outline of a hand, each finger labeled with a different word to help remember how to summarize a story
5 Finger Retell
A minion cheers you on while standing in front of a piece of paper with writing on it
How To Get Unstuck With A Writing Prompt
A screen shows a place for you to enter your own nouns, verbs, and adjectives
Nouns, Verbs, And Adjectives
A cardboard cutout person points to the word
Comma Rules
A man against a dark background on a laptop
A hand-drawn version of steps in The Hero's Journey
Harry Potter and His Hero Journey
Reflect is one way in the RISE feedback method to provide useful feedback
Constructive Peer Feedback
Students talking about writing a paragraph about pirates
Paragraph Pirates
What an annotated paragraph might look like
How To Annotate
A stickman drawn on a whiteboard to demonstrate what personification is
Personification With Stickman
Learn about figurative language.
Figurative Language
Learn about the proper usage of semicolons.
The Proper Usage of Semicolons
Learn about alliteration.
Alliteration (2016)
Learn about theme in stories.
Theme Dream
Learn why you should read.
Why Read?
Learn about the difference between who and whom.
Who vs. Whom
Learn the difference between a protagonist and an antagonist.
Protagonist vs. Antagonist
Learn to use skyline letters for letter formation.
Letter Formation: Skyline Letters
Learn about Ophelia's death in Hamlet.
Ophelia’s Death in Hamlet
Learn about symbolism in Lord of the Flies.
Symbolism in Lord of the Flies
Learn some research tips.
Research Tips
Learn about reading Shakespeare.
Reading Shakespeare
Learn about formatting quotations.
Formatting Quotations
Learn about the power of synonyms.
Create: The Power of Synonyms
Learn about where to begin with literary analysis.
Analysis: Where to Begin
Learn about Camus and his exploration of absurdity in The Stranger.
Camus, The Stranger, and Absurdity
Learn about character profiles.
Character Profiles
Learn about oxymorons.
Oxymorons: Some Examples
Learn about rhetorical devices in Hamlet.
Rhetorical Devices in Hamlet
Learn about the real monster in Frankenstein.
The Real Monster in Frankenstein
Learn tips for great PowerPoint presentations.
Tips for an Awesome PowerPoint Presentation
Learn about anthropomorphism in Animal Farm and Zootopia.
Anthropomorphism in Animal Farm and Zootopia
Learn about Christ Figures using Simon from Lord of the Flies.
Christ Figures: Simon from Lord of the Flies
Learn about commonly missaid phrases.
Commonly Missaid Phrases
Learn about foil in Hamlet.
Foil in Hamlet
Learn four steps to writing a conclusion.
Four Steps to Writing a Conclusion
Learn about Frankenstein's Creation: was he monster or human?.
Frankenstein’s Creation: Monster or Human?
Learn about the homophones their, they're, and there.
Their, They’re, and There
Learn about Hamlet's steps to convincing your son to avenge your murder.
Three Steps to Convincing Your Son to Avenge Your Murder: Hamlet
Learn about weather symbolism in The Great Gatsby.
Weather Symbolism in The Great Gatsby
Learn about elements in a timed writing.
Timed Writing Elements
Learn about the idea of civilization in Lord of the Flies.
Lord of the Flies and Civilization
Learn about hyphens and dashes.
Hyphens and Dashes
Learn about giving a good presentation.
Giving a Good Presentation
Learn about Alliteration in Hamlet Part 2.
Alliteration in Hamlet Part 2
Learn about Alliteration in Hamlet Part 1.
Alliteration in Hamlet Part 1
Learn about annotated bibliographies.
Annotated Bibliographies
Learn about father to son relationships in Hamlet.
Father to Son Relationships in Hamlet
Learn about the ghost's speech in Hamlet.
Hamlet Ghost Speech
Learn about misplaced modifiers.
Misplaced Modifiers
Learn about presearch.
Learn about rhetorical devices in Shakespeare.
Rhetorical Devices in Shakespeare
Learn about the three types of irony.
Three Types of Irony
Learn about typography dos and don'ts.
Typography Dos and Don’ts
Learn about writers block.
Writers Block
Learn about the Relationship of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature.
The Relationship of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature
Learn about an annotated bibliography.
Annotated Bibliography
Learn about commonly confused words.
Commonly Confused Words
Learn about onomatopoeia.
Demonstrating Onomatopoeia
Learn how to act.
How to Act
Learn about Canto 34 of The Inferno.
Inferno: Canto XXXIV
Learn about The Lion King and Hamlet.
The Lion King and Hamlet
Learn about symbolism in Shakespeare.
Symbolism in Shakespeare (Ophelia’s Flowers)
Learn about the role of religion in Beowulf.
Beowulf and Religion
Learn about Biblical allusions in literature.
Biblical Allusions in Literature
Learn about Biblical allusions in Lord of the Flies.
Biblical Allusions in Lord of the Flies
Learn about etymology.
Learn how to read Shakespeare's writing.
How to Read Shakespeare
Learn how to understand literature through art.
Understanding Literature Through Art
Learn how to be inspired when writing.
How to Be Inspired When Writing
Learn to wrirte the lower case cursive alphabet.
Lower Case Cursive Alphabet
Learn about idioms.
Idioms (2016)
Learn about contractions.
Learn about the evidence in the text you read.
Text Evidence
Learn about homophones.
Homophones and Grammar
Learn about the five finger rule for choosing a book
The Five Finger Rule
Learn what it means to infer.
What It Means to Infer
Learn about misconceptions about black cats.
Misconceptions about Black Cats
Learn about commas and semicolons.
Comma vs. Semicolon
Learn about the theme of isolation in Frankenstein.
Theme of Isolation in Frankenstein
Learn about thematic research papers.
Thematic Research Paper
Learn about the funnel approach to intro paragraphs.
The Funnel Approach to Intro Paragraphs
Learn about oxymorons.
Learn about the difference between fantasy and science fiction.
The Difference between Fantasy and Science Fiction
Learn how to take care of a book.
How to Take Care of a Book
Learn about Mary Shelley.
Mary Shelley – An Original Song
Learn about the life of Dante.
Into the Life of Dante
Learn about poetic meter and rhythm.
Poetic Meter and Rhythm
Learn about words like 'literally.'
Learn about symbolism.
Symbolism and the Caged Bird
Learn about writing a persuasive thesis.
Writing a Persuasive Thesis
Learn about homophones.
Learn the steps for preparing for a literature exam.
Steps for Preparing for a Literature Exam
Learn what makes a good thesis.
What Makes a Good Thesis?
Learn about integrating quotes into an essay.
Integrating Quotes into an Essay
Learn about finding the theme of a story.
Tutorial for Finding the Theme of a Story
Learn about similes and metaphors in Shakespeare's writing.
Similes and Metaphors in Shakespeare
Learn about the components of an introductory paragraph.
Components of an Introductory Paragraph
Learn about writing a good thesis statement with Shakespeare's Hamlet as an example.
Writing a Good Thesis Statement: The Hamlet Example
Learn how to write an in-class essay.
How to Write an In-Class Essay
Learn about writing an argumentative thesis statement.
Writing an Argumentative Thesis Statement
Get a crash course on irony.
Crash Course on Irony
Learn some in-class essay tips.
In-Class Essay Tips
Learn how to identify allusions.
How to Identify Allusions
Learn how to write a sonnet.
How to Write a Sonnet
Learn about paradoxes.
Learn how to MLA format an essay.
How to MLA Format an Essay
Learn one pointer toward credibility with sources.
One Pointer toward Credibility with Sources
Learn about misplaced and dangling modifiers.
Misplaced and Dangling Modifers
Learn how to properly integrate a quote.
How to Properly Integrate a Quote
Learn how to write an effective conclusion.
How to Write an Effective Conclusion
Learn about writing thesis statements.
How to Write a Thesis – Sugar Is Bad for You
Learn how to write a formal email.
How to Write a Formal Email
Learn about types of irony.
Types of Irony
Learn one way to annotate what you read.
One Way to Annotate What You Read
Learn about the Oxford comma.
The Oxford Comma
Learn about the rhetorical triangle.
Ethos, Pathos, and Logos: The Rhetorical Triangle
Learn about ethos, logos, and pathos.
Ethos, Logos, Pathos
Learn about pathos, logos, and ethos.
Pathos, Logos, Ethos
Learn about the layout of Dante's Inferno.
Layout of Dante’s Inferno
Learn about telos.
Learn about decoding Shakespeare's language.
Decoding Shakespeare’s Language
Learn about polysyndeton and asyndeton.
Polysyndeton and Asyndeton
Learn about Shakespeare's language and word play.
Shakespeare 101 – Language and Word Play
Learn about imagery in Dante's Inferno.
An Example of Imagery in Dante’s Inferno
Learn about MLA formatting.
MLA Formatting
Learn about reading a Shakespearean monologue.
Close Reading a Shakespeare Monologue
Learn about Romanticism.
Learn about rhetorical appeals.
Rhetorical Appeals
Learn about parallelism.
Learn about staying on topic.
Staying on Topic
Learn about Elizabethan era sumptuary laws for color.
Elizabethan Era Sumptuary Laws for Color
Learn about the 'SOAPSTones' analysis technique.
SOAPSTones Analysis
Learn about the use of foil in Hamlet.
Use of Foil in Hamlet
Learn about the importance of literature.
More Than Words, Words, Words – The Importance of Literature
Learn how to write a thesis.
How to Write a Thesis: My Sister is a Robot
Learn about active and passive voice.
Active and Passive Voice
Learn about irony.
Is That Irony?
Learn about the five-paragraph essay.
Journey into the Five Paragraph Essay
Learn how to annotate.
How to Annotate
Learn about comma splices.
Comma Splices
Learn about Japanese poetry.
Japanese Poetry
Learn about the basics of pathos.
The Basics of Pathos
Learn the four steps to writing an introduction paragraph.
Four Steps to Writing an Introduction Paragraph
Learn about Hamlet's dilemma.
Hamlet’s Dilemma
Learn how to write a timed essay.
How to Write a Timed Essay
Learn about active and passive voice through football.
Active vs Passive Voice: Football
Learn how to judge a book.
How to Judge a Book
Learn about making a proper argument.
Making a Proper Argument
Learn about outlining an interpretive essay.
Outlining an Interpretive Essay
Learn about mood in Shakespeare's writing.
Mood In Shakespeare
Learn why literature is important.
Why Is Literature Important?
Learn about epic similies.
Epic Similies from Past to Present
Learn how to write a news story.
How to Write a News Story
Learn about the women characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Women in Hamlet
Learn about symbolism.
Learn about interpretive thesis statements.
Interpretive Thesis Statements
Learn about parallelism.
Learn about anaphora and epistrophe.
Anaphora and Epistrophe
Learn about allusions.
What Are Allusions?
Learn about the characteristics of Emily Dickinson's poems.
Characteristics of Emily Dickinson’s Poems
Learn about The Globe Theatre.
The Globe Theatre
Learn about active voice and passive voice.
Active Voice vs Passive Voice
Learn about the creatures of Dante's Inferno.
Creatures of the Inferno
Learn about quote integration.
Quote Integration
Learn about Emily Dickinson's Poem, 'You Left Me.'
Analyzing Dickinson’s “You Left Me”
Learn how to read a boring book.
How to Read a Boring Book
Learn how to give a ninja speech.
How to Give a Ninja Speech
Learn about writing a summary.
How to Write a Summary
Learn about implementing quotes.
Implementing Quotes
Learn about text features in readings.
Team Text Features
Learn about using concrete words and sensory phrases.
Writing-Concrete Words and Sensory Phrases
Learn how to write a book review.
How to Write a Book Review
Learn about paragraphs.
A Paragraph Is
Learn about  the history of banning books.
A Short History of Banning Books
Learn how to email your teacher.
Emailing Your Teacher, with Captain Communicator
Learn how to write a literary analysis thesis statement.
Write a Literary Analysis Thesis
Learn about prepositions for location.
Prepositions: Examples with Location
Learn about Plagiarism.
Learn about Serial Comma Killers.
Serial Comma Killers
Learn about The Story of Bossy R.
The Story of Bossy R
Learn about Vowel Teams Song.
Vowel Team Words Song
Learn about What Syllables Are
What Syllables Are
Learn about The Four H Brothers.
The Four H Brothers
Learn about Vocabulary Word Ominous.
Vocabulary Word: Ominous
Learn about PEMDAS.
The Genre Genie
Learn about Critical Components of Quotations.
Critical Components of Quotations
Learn about Japan: The Same and Different.
Japan: The Same and Different
Learn about Semantic Change.
Semantic Change
Learn about iambic pentameter
Understanding Iambic Pentameter
Learn about dramatic irony in Shakespeare's Macbeth
Dramatic Irony in Macbeth
Learn about Grammar School: Linking Verbs
Grammar School: Linking Verbs
Learn about Crimes Against Grammar: Commas Matter.
Crimes Against Grammar: Commas Matter
Learn about Word Choice.
Word Choice
Learn about Learn to Read 20 Sight Words.
Learn to Read 20 Sight Words
Learn about Just Verb It.
Just Verb It
Learn about Story Elements.
Story Elements
Learn about Contractions Surgery.
Contractions Surgery
Learn about There, Their, and They're.
There, Their, and They’re
Learn about Idioms.
Learn about Stretching a Sentence.
Stretching a Sentence
Learn hints for understanding vocabulary.
Vocabulary Mystery
Learn about antonyms.
The Antonyms Song
Learn how to make your writing more descriptive.
Descriptive Writing: Show, Not Tell
Learn about the story of Charlotte's Web.
Charlotte’s Web Claymation
Learn about alliteration.
Learn about cause and effect in writing.
Cause and Effect
Learn how to screencast essays.
Screencasting Essays
Learn how to choose a book you will enjoy.
How to Choose a Book You Will Enjoy
Learn how to choose a book at your level using the five finger rule.
Choosing a Book at Your Level the Five Finger Rule
Learn reading strategies.
Reading Strategies
Learn about the fiver finger summary.
Five Finger Summary
Learn what not to do when giving a speech.
How to Fail a Speech
Learn how to make simple sentences more interesting.
How to Make Simple Sentences More Interesting
Learn about the parts of a letter.
Parts of a Letter
Learn about onomatopoeias.
A student's visual perspective on Shakespeare's Sonnet #29
Sonnet 29
A student's visual perspective on Shakespeare's Sonnet #50
Sonnet 50
A student's visual perspective on Shakespeare's Sonnet #130
Sonnet 130
Learn about the letter F.
All About the Letter F
Learn about literary terms of frequency.
Terms of Frequency
Learn about the characters of Romeo and Juliet.
Characters of Romeo and Juliet
Learn about past tense verbs with
Silent Said: The Past Tense with “ed”
Learn about adjectives.
Learn about the Greek God, Poseidon.
Learn about abstract and concrete nouns.
Abstract and Concrete Nouns
Learn about Plato's allegory of the cave.
Plato’s Cave
Learn about sentence construction improvements.
Sentence Improvement
Learn a lesson in standing up to bullies.
Gerunds Action
Learn about commas.
Basic Punctuation
Learn about commas.
Learn how to set up a research paper.
How to Set Up a Research Paper
Learn about subtraction.
Quotation Marks
Learn about addition.
The Author’s Purpose
Learn about the exclamation mark.
The Exclamation Mark
Learn about onomatopoeia.
What is Onomatopoeia
Learn about the period in sentence construction.
The Period Symbol
Learn about similes and metaphors.
Similes and Metaphors
Learn about fire.
The Alphabet
Learn about the question mark.
The Question Mark
Learn how to create anthropomorphic pottery sculptures.
What Are Vowels?
Learn how to tell fiction from nonfiction.
Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Learn how to use quotation marks.
How to Use Quotation Marks
Learn how to recognize similes and metaphors.
Similes and Metaphors
Learn how to write an equation.
How to Write an Essay
Learn about prepositions.
Learn about Hades.
Meet Hades
Learn about Persephone.
Learn how to understand Shakespeare.
How to Understand Shakespeare
Learn about the table of contents.
Using the Table of Contents
Learn about similes.
Learn about homophones.
A student's visual perspective on Shakespeare's Sonnet #27
Sonnet 27
A student's visual perspective on Shakespeare's Sonnet #23
Sonnet 23
What makes a story well told?  Watch and find out!
Telling a Story
A news report about Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Blogging defined and a few things to think about before starting
Citing Sources
Advanced Search
Advanced Search
The Full Library
The Full Library
Collection List: Light Bulbs
Collection List: Light Bulbs
Collection List: Seeing Service
Collection List: Seeing Service
A newscast about Richard the 3rd
Richard III Newscast
Background on Robert Frost's poem
Traveling Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken
Mark Ooka explains what theme means