Archive for February, 2010

  • Waxing eloquent

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

    I teach a high school language arts class on-line and today I graded the literary analysis papers for The Virginian by Owen Wister. The students did an excellent job choosing themes and supporting their thesis statements with examples. I intensely added comments about past and present tense and proper use of quotes among other things. […]

  • Revision questions, a great tool for revising

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010

    I attended the BYU Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference last summer. From that conference I compiled a list of revision questions. Many of these are from Ann Cannon‘s class. She is an awesome teacher and author and mentor. The list also includes ideas from classes by Dandi Mackall, Ann Dee Ellis, and James […]

  • I’m alive and well

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

    I’m making another commitment to blog regularly. I haven’t decided if that’s once a month or once a week. As a “writer” I feel a lot of pressure to come up with something brilliant and profound and have it sound perfect. Oh, that’s because I’m a perfectionist. Until I come up with brilliant, profound, and […]