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  • Writing in the Wild: A Delaware Writing Project Story, by Anthony Greenstine
    August 13, 2019

    Writing in the Wild: a Delaware Writing Project Story Anthony Greenstine (Appoquinimink High School) Watch as the wild, teenage essayists feverishly works to complete their essays. They ceaselessly hack away at their keyboards, trying to cram their wondrous ideas into a traditional, measly five paragraphs. They put their head in

  • Mentoring Relevancy, by Breanne Prisco
    August 13, 2019

    Mentoring Relevancy:  A Look at the Benefits of Using Mentor Texts by Dr. Breanne Prisco (Sussex Central High School) for the Delaware Writing Project 2019 Teachers research materials, build lessons, convert these lessons into relevant artifacts for students, and then guide students through a unit, hoping the education gods look

  • The Sincerest Form of Flattery, by Hillary Johnson
    August 13, 2019

    Using the Mentor Texts:  A Look at The Sincerest Form of Flattery By Hillary Johnson, Laurel High School At the mere utterance of the word “essay,” high school students usually respond in one of three ways in an English classroom. There are those who will grovel—practically on hands and knees—begging

  • A New Kind of Analysis, by Jennifer MacDonald
    August 13, 2019

    A NEW KIND OF ANALYSIS Jennifer MacDonald, Smyrna High School When I was first asked by my administration to consider signing up for the Delaware Writing Project, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I assumed it would be more work on the SAT analysis prompt. I am quite thankful

  • Learning from a Mentor, by Chantalle Ashford
    August 13, 2019

    Learning from a Mentor By Chantalle Ashford, Indian River High School When I learned the focus of this year’s Delaware Writing Project was writing with mentor texts, I immediately became excited. In my short teaching career, one of the things that stood out to me as an English teacher was

  • Authentic Writers vs Academic Writers? by Melissa Pinkerton
    August 13, 2019

    Authentic Writers versus Academic Writers? Melissa Pinkerton, Seaford High School 2018 Delaware Writing Project So… I thought I was signing up for an opportunity to learn how to become a better teacher of writing. I’m horrible at teaching writing, so when the district asked if I wanted to participate in

  • Using “mentor” as an adjective, by Emily Reid Villa
    August 13, 2019

    Using “mentor” as an adjective by Emily Reid Villa Lake Forest High School As an English teacher, I have frequently used the word “mentor” as both a verb and a noun—as I took on the role of an actual teacher mentor for a new teacher this year in my department,

  • A Year with the Experts, by Libby McClain
    August 13, 2019

    A Year with the Experts – Using Mentor Texts in the Classroom By Libby McClain, Smyrna High School “What do you notice?” It is with this question that I start my first class discussion using a mentor text. My students have just finished reading a review of The Hate U

  • Teaching with Mentor Texts, by Kimberly Collins
    August 13, 2019

    Kimberly Collins Caesar Rodney High School When I was a new teacher, the atmosphere was very “every man for himself”; I remember clearly being handed a classroom key and a Teacher’s Edition of the 9th grade textbook and being expected to figure it out on my own. Several years ago,

  • Using Mentor Texts to Guide Writing in the ELA Classroom, by Crystal Tuminaro
    August 13, 2019

    2019 Delaware Writing Project Crystal Tuminaro, Christiana High School Over the course of my career, I have noticed a new trend in students over the last several years, a trend that is particularly disturbing as it flies in the face of the purpose of an education. Students want the right