Reviving the Essay: How to Teach Structure Without Formula
In his foreword to Reviving the Essay, Thomas Newkirk praises Gretchen Bernabei's fresh approach to teaching essay writing. Loaded with student examples and reproducible forms, the 30 lessons in Reviving the Essay will "supercharge" your students' minds with patterns and ideas that will transform their esays from lockstep, generic assignments to well-considered opinions of...more
Paperback, 83 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Discover Writing Press
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As an English teacher, I am always looking for fun ways to teach writing to my students. I received this book at a workshop a few years ago and I was immediately hooked. The exercises in this book are fun and, most importantly, they take students beyond writing thesis-driven essays and foster their creativity in ways a "too-focused" essay could not. Bernabei is a passionate, witty, and brilliant teacher herself who is willing to share her simple-but-effective lessons with you. This is a must hav...more
I love the practical ideas here for teaching students to write fresh, original essays without resorting to the tired 5 paragraph formula. I have only dipped my toes in this year with my students, but I plan to use it as the center of my essay-writing instruction next year with seventh graders. We are trying to develop writers and thinkers, not kids who can fill in the blanks and crank out a meaningless bit of prose that no one, including the teacher, would ever want to read.
Every ELA teacher should read this book. I cannot wait to implement the kernel essay this week. The strategies are fantastic for middle school students, but can work for elementary and high school as well. If you want to look forward to reading student essays instead of dreading it, I highly suggest reading this book!
A book about different strategies for teaching the essay, veering away from the standard five paragraph essay. The book uses "kernel essays" as a strategy to practice essay writing skills. Several lessons are aimed at late elementary instruction but can be adapted for secondary students as well.