PREP-1 Is Off to a Great Start!

I'm really enjoying the PREP-1 class! The purpose of PREP-1 is to build the foundation of language in preparation for future writing. I am passionate about the value of language, and the most enjoyable way to access high quality language is through great literature and poetry. I think this will prove to be one of … Continue reading PREP-1 Is Off to a Great Start!

Planning summer reading? Check out my Story Charts!

If you are new to my website, Writing to Learn, you may not know that I have a page devoted to story charts for literary analysis! These are free to download and I am constantly adding new ones.  I use the Center for Lit method of literary analysis in my writing classes, and I started making the story … Continue reading Planning summer reading? Check out my Story Charts!

Featured Story Chart: “The Story of Joseph” with Complete Text

The story of Joseph can be found in the Bible, in the Book of Genesis, chapters 37 through 50. It is interrupted briefly in chapter 38, but resumes in chapter 39. Readers of early heroic literature, such as the Iliad, Beowulf, or the early King Arthur versions, will notice that "Joseph" is different. Although it … Continue reading Featured Story Chart: “The Story of Joseph” with Complete Text

Story Discussions with Children: “Dogger”

Reading aloud to children has so many benefits! Andrew Pudewa, founder and director of IEW, identifies reading aloud as one of the two most important activities for future success in reading, writing, and speaking. Also, reading aloud facilitates story discussions with children. Even young children can understand "what makes a story a story." Story discussions … Continue reading Story Discussions with Children: “Dogger”

Featured Story Chart: Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is the second most frequently downloaded of my story charts! This testifies to the book's enduring popularity. Lewis Carroll was the pen name of British author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Fortunately, he had practiced writing stories and poems all his life. Alice sprang from his prepared imagination, but curiously, she possessed a life … Continue reading Featured Story Chart: Alice in Wonderland