HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS
Before we say goodbye to winter, let’s celebrate one of literature’s coldest motifs: ice queens.
A motif is like a symbol on steroids because it not only appears in one story but in many stories through the ages. Think of a dark woods, which can be symbolic of confusion or a time of testing. What stories can you think of that include a patch of dark woods? (I’ve listed a few at the end of this prompt, but try your hand at listing some before you read mine.)
A motif can be an item (like dark woods or a magic ring), a recurring event (like being sent on a quest or conducting a contest to find a husband), or a
MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS
Perhaps you didn’t know you have a Disney side. In this Disney Parks television commercial, you’ll find an older man who shows his Disney side by becoming a Disney character—but at an awkward moment!
Gals, which Disney princess are you most like? Guys, which Disney hero are you most like?
Okay, maybe you don’t have a Disney side, but you certainly are very much like
Your child has just handed you a completed essay, and you are ecstatic . . . until you realize you now have to grade it. Where do you begin? How do you evaluate this marvelous gift?
Welcome to this exciting, first-in-a-series blog about grading your middle and high school students’ essays! You can find the whole video by clicking here. Learn to ask six key questions of the paragraphs in the body of your students’ essays in this part-one tutorial. I’ll walk you through these questions from the obvious to the not-so-obvious. Keep reading to view the outline and quoted paragraphs from the tutorial.
What you’ll want to know: