Top Five

reading strategies

  1. Read as a writer.
  2. Judge a book by its cover.
  3. Activate your prior knowledge.
  4. Find patterns & make connections in the text.
  5. Imagine yourself in the story, novel, debate, historical situation, etc.

 writing techniques

  1. Use a writing timer.
  2. ICE every quotation (or example).
  3. Make your thesis more than one sentence.
  4. Take chances & make your writing memorable.
  5. Connect the title, hook, thesis, transitions, & closing.

proofreading techniques

  1. Read out loud.
  2. Read in reverse.
  3. Stand, walk, & read.
  4. Have some else read it.
  5. Highlight quotes to check for ICE.

movies

  1. Citizen Kane
  2. Pulp Fiction
  3. Trainspotting
  4. SW: The Empire Strikes Back
  5. LOTR: The Two Towers

graphic novels

  1. Maus 1 & 2, Art Spiegelman
  2. Persepolis 1 & 2, Marjane Satrapi
  3. Daytripper, Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba
  4. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller
  5. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Chris Ware