YOU were the stars of the show this year! In 2015, our visitors more than tripled, and our top posts were shared and pinned thousands of times! Can you hear me applauding you?

I create writing prompts almost every week, and our Middle School Prompts and High School Prompts are very popular. What surprised me, though, is that our tutorials were the top posts viewed and shared this year.


Here are the 13 top posts on Writing with Sharon Watson in 2015. Which ones have you used?

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1. “Proofreading Marks and How to Use Them” tops the chart.

Thousands of you enjoyed and shared this tutorial that teaches your middle and high school students
how to use proofreading marks in real essays.

{Answers included!}


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2. You surprised me by making this one so popular: “Tell Me About Your Life as a Trapeze Artist: Interview into Narrative Essay.”
I had no idea it would be so high on the list!

This tutorial comes directly from The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School and is packed with writing advice.


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3. “How to Create a Paragraph: Middle School Chart” is another popular—and very practical—tutorial that helped
hundreds of middle school students construct paragraphs.

Students love this one because they can disagree with me about cats and write their own paragraph to prove me wrong!


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4. Not far behind is the high school version: “Paragraph Chart: High School.”


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5. When my husband Terry told me there were nine ways to get to first base safely,
I knew I had to write a tutorial on the enumerative essay, and here it is.

{That’s Terry in the picture, by the way. I’ve watched him play softball for almost 40 summers!}


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6. What’s the difference between writing an opinion and trying to persuade a reader?

This tutorial shows your students the important skill of “How to Convince an Audience.”
And you’ve pinned it over 1,000 times!

And, really, how can you not love this picture!



7. Punctuation is beastly to teach. This tutorial tamed the beast for students dealing with quotation marks.

Inside or outside? That is the question.

{Infographic and answers included!}


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8. What’s a compound sentence? What isn’t? Where do I put the commas?

This hard-hitting tutorial  {with infographic and answers!} helped your junior and senior high students out.


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9 Hundreds of teens learned how to cite their sources in “In-Text Citations,” a tutorial with two exercises and the answers.

The middle school tutorial for citing sources is here.

This, also, is taken from The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School.


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10. Tarzan helped teach this tutorial on punctuation in dialog.

It comes complete with dialog from the original Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs—with answers!


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11. How do you talk to your teens about the wickedness of selling aborted baby parts when
Planned Parenthood and most of the media defends it as helpful to science and society?

This very popular post teaches some logical fallacies and helped many of you start conversations with your teens.


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12. “National Reading Month: 10 Must-Read Classics for High School” was pinned hundreds of times.
I’m not sure if it was because of the list or because of my confessions!





13. Our newest course was released this summer, and we are so excited about it! Evidently, you are, too.
Though this isn’t a tutorial, it led the pack in number of views and downloads.
Feel free to download the first two chapters of our wildly popular Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide.

While you’re there, download the other FREEBIES as well.


Writing with Sharon Watson and these posts are all about YOU.
What do you want to see here in 2016?
Leave a comment for me in the box below.

Before I leave you, I want to remind you just how amazing you are!

Yours for more vibrant writing and literature classes,

Sharon Watson



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