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My credentials include a 45-year teaching career in the Broward County, FL schools, grades 6-12; composition and literature at Broward College and now at Keiser University, Ft. Lauderdale. I hold B.A. and M.A. degrees in English; a Ph.D. in education; and am working towards an Ed.S. degree in Instructional Design and Technology. Email questions or comments to viviancorll@timetoteach.com

My credentials include a 45-year teaching career in the Broward County, FL schools, grades 6-12; composition and literature at Broward College and now at Keiser University, Ft. Lauderdale. I hold B.A. and M.A. degrees in English; a Ph.D. in education; and am working towards an Ed.S. degree in Instructional Design and Technology. Email questions or comments to viviancorll@timetoteach.com
BUZZY: I Can and I Will!
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BUZZY: I Can and I Will!

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See the screen shot of a Voki, an animated cartoon used in the BUZZY lesson to develop self efficacy, critical thinking, writing skills, and knowledge of figurative language with the central metaphor of the Bee cartoon. This lesson can be used in grades 6-12-adult. I have used it in my university Basic English, Composition 1 and Composition 2 classes.
The Syntax Tool Kit
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The Syntax Tool Kit

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The purpose of this lesson plan is to build the sentence sense of students. Using the TOOLS of the English language, students can construct viable sentences and eliminate errors like fragments, run-on or fused sentences, and comma splices. In addition, students learn how to construct simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences. Included in this packet: 1. Syntax Tool Kit graphic organizer handout for younger students in two formats: Publisher and PDF. 2. Graphic organizer handout for younger students to build their own sentences: two formats 3. Graphic organizer handout for older students in PDF. 4. List of Common Core Standards Grades 2-12. I have used the older version with my Basic English college students who have difficulty with fragments, run-ons, and comma splices. If you have any questions for comments, please contact me at viviancorll@timetoteach.com
Weightlifting Poster: Writing the Winning Essay
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Weightlifting Poster: Writing the Winning Essay

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The poster depicts a muscle-bound weightlifter. The brain is the mastermind of an essay: the thesis statement. The muscle-bound body, like the body of an essay, depicts "hard" evidence. The feet are the conclusion: short and to the point. In this download are three files: the poster as a Publisher file; the poster as a PDF file, and Teacher Notes in a Word file. The poster is suitable for grades 6-12. However, there is an allusion to Cassius in Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, which is usually read at the tenth grade level. The poster measures 24 x 36
Generative Vocabulary
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Generative Vocabulary

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Generative Vocabulary is a strategy to increase student word knowledge, grades 9-12 - adult. Its basic premise is that with a few Latin and Greek roots, along with knowledge of prefixes and suffixes that students can generate a vast storehouse of word meanings, even of words they perhaps had not seen before. Generative vocabulary also addresses graphic imagery, storytelling, and personal associations for vocabulary memory.
How to Eat an Outline
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How to Eat an Outline

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Students often suffer from brain-freeze when they know they have to write an essay. However, once they understand the concept of organizing and outlining the body of the essay, the task becomes simpler. "How to Eat an Outline" is an edible graphic organizer that demonstrates unity and coherence, organization and outline.
Writing Quality Essays: Troubleshooting Problems
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Writing Quality Essays: Troubleshooting Problems

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This lesson is intended as a follow-up, reinforcement strategy for grades 6-12 in the art of writing effective essays. It can be used with any mode of expository writing: argumentation/persuasion, definition, cause/effect, compare/contrast, and process. Its purpose is to troubleshoot the usual problems that I have found in student essays over the years. The packet contains: 1. Explanation (This sheet.) 2. Teacher probable pre-taught lessons 3. PowerPoint “Writing Quality Essays” 4. Notes for the teacher in PPT 5. Common Core Standards by Vivian M. Corll, Ph.D. For questions or comments please email me at viviancorll@timetoteach.com