My 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.

books

  1. Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
  2. White Noise, Don DeLillo
  3. A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James
  4. A Song of Ice & Fire series, George R.R. Martin
  5. The Complete Maus, Art Spiegelman

bands

  1. The Replacements
  2. Nirvana
  3. The Smiths
  4. New Order
  5. Spoon

movies

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

television shows

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. Seinfeld
  3. Doctor Who
  4. Game of Thrones
  5. The X-Files