Persuasive paragraph structure

One of the things we spend a lot of time doing at Ticking Mind is educating teachers on how they can move past TEEL (topic sentence, evidence, example and link) or any other simile paragraph-acronym-recipes (such as PEE, PEEL, TREE, etc…). TEEL and all of its like-minded acronym friends are a handy tool for initially…

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Describing sensory details

Advising students to use the five senses to improve creative writing is an old strategy. But how can we more explicitly teach students to produce something like this: From a distance the tree appeared like an old, stooped man, stumbling through the woods to scare the children. Up closer, it was something much different and…

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Tone Vocabulary Spectrum

Next week we’ll be running our workshop on the VCE EAL (English as an Additional Language) task. While listening to and comprehending spoken texts is not typically a major part of mainstream English classrooms around the country, there are some things we’ll be sharing at the workshop that all teachers can use with their students.…

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