Welcome to Mrs. Robertson's ELA Resource Site

                  “If you cannot write well, you cannot think well; if you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you.”  - Oscar Wilde                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.  Professor of English  Cornell University                                        
    • The book for all writers - easy to read and apply to all types of writing.  
    • The work remains a nonpareil: direct, correct, and delightful. -- The New Yorker   
  •   Daily Writing Tips - Updated version of The Elements of Style        
  •   Elements of Style - Use this handy electronic reference by William Strunk, Jr. to answer grammatical questions on misused and misspelled words.
      English as a Second Language (ESL)   - I created this page just for you!  There are various links to excellent sources.

                                                                                                                                                                    Elements of Literature
Writing:                        Literature:     
Four Modes of Discourse                                                             Literature - various authors/titles  
 Glossary of English Language Arts Terms                                      Classical Mythology:  The Myths of Ancient Greece and Rome
                                                                                                                 William Shakespeare:    
 Common Errors in English               
                                                                                                                                             Folger Shakespeare Library - Excellent resource    
 Essay Help - great link with numerous models of writing                                             The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - MIT resource
                                                                                                                                             Gleeditions - Guided Literary E-text Editions

                                        Poetry - Terms, links, and analysis instructions                           
 MEL-Con - A guide to help teach students how to write                           Wordle  - Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds."                                
   better developed, clearer, more organized paragraphs                                                 This is an excellent tool to personalize your wiki pages as the possibilities are endless!
   in response to essay questions or any written assignment
   which requires explanation or persuasion.                                                            
     * This site also provides a template for those students                    
         who prefer to write with one.                  
Graphic Organizers - various 
Twelve Ways to Annotate                          

How to take Cornell Notes                
 Glossary of Literary, Rhetorical, and Linguistic Terms                         Oxford English Dictionary         
 Visual Rhetoric Links                                                                                   
Read-Write-Think - this link allows you to use technology skills while developing your literacy skills.                    
Research  This page was created to help those of you who have been assigned to write a research paper.              

How to write an annotated bibliography -              
Boston Public Library - Free practice software for the MCAS test in English, math, and science. In addition, there is also an SAT Prep. section 
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                                  READ actively. THINK critically. LIVE thoughtfully. 

Please select your class - you will find homework, additional information, and links that are specific to each section:           


  • What the Research Says about Writing:
  • •In secondary schools teachers most often use writing in two ways--- to evaluate students’ mastery of content or to evaluate students’ mastery of the written form. Teachers should
    use writing to engage students in learning (Applebee, 1981).
  • •Students already spend 44 percent of their classroom time writing, but they spend only 3 percent of this on actual composing; the rest is devoted to filling in the blank, notetaking, copying from the board, short answers, etc. (Calkins, 1994).


  •  •Writing-to-learn forms and extends thinking and thus deepens understanding (Fulwiler, 1983). Like reading-to-learn, it is a meaning-making process (Jacobs, 2002).

    •Teachers must also teach reading and writing when they teach content. That our students know the content is not enough; they must be able to communicate that understanding in an effective, cogent, and competent way (Friedman, 2000).

    •The concepts which guide writing instruction should be meaning, clarity, form, specificity, originality, sincerity, and conventionality (Thomas, 2000).

    •Discovering the power of writing requires daily writing. Unless students can think about their writing on a daily basis, they do not gain proficiency...or get enough repetition in basic skills to grow as writers (Graves, 2003).

    •Parents, educators and politicians all must be aware that end-of-course-testing will never show uniform mastery of writing skills. Only prolonged writing will produce effective writing, especially if a master writer is there offering judgment, guidance, and models (Thomas, 2000).

    •Students must learn that what is expressed is paramount, that the how of their expression is crucial (their diction and syntax), and that conforming to conventions is important only after they have expressed something worth editing (Thomas, 2000).

    •Grammar and mechanics should not be taught in isolation. Rather, this instruction should be woven into the writing students do (Fulwiler and Young, 1990).

  • •Students must be taught that writing is a recursive process requiring more than a single draft. They must be taught exactly what good writers do during various stages of the writing process (Stein, 2001).

    compiled by Karen Duhig & Kathy Schmohe

  •  What the research says about reading: 

  • Even 15 minutes of reading per day can lead to three months of additional growth - enough for a considerable number of students to catch up or exceed grade-level expectations (especially if the reading is purposeful and accompanied by judicious inclusion of vocabulary development."
                                                                                                                                     ~ Robert Marzano, 2004      
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