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.

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

bands

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

television shows

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