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by Alex Eiler
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Designing Effective Formal Writing Assignments

Added 04/22/2010
This article gives advice on pedagogical methods for giving writing assignments such as final papers. This is valuable because it outlines many different strategies such as breaking up a larger assignment into smaller sections. These strategies will be useful in helping students write papers if they are inexperienced or unmotivated.

Literature: What Makes a Good Short Story?

Added 04/22/2010
As a short-story enthusiast, this website would be extremely helpful in educating students on the elements that create any story, especially in this style. The website is simple and uses a specific story to illustrate each of the major story-telling elements. There is a step-by-step walk through of the story, as well as the option of obtaining a print copy or skipping the story all together. Such detail will allow students to understand this specific stories and perhaps all stories better. This would be great for a homework assignment!

Resources for Teaching American Literature Surveys

Added 04/22/2010
This is yet another amazing resource for American Literature teachers. This searchable database gives syllabus and assignment information as used by other teachers, links to help educate and even reviews of those links to determine how relevant or helpful they were! There is an easy-to-use suggestion area in which you can request more information or submit your own to help other teachers. This is a great example of teachers working together to create better programs.

The Literature Network - Online Literature

Added 04/22/2010
Another amazing database. For a teacher who wishes to help students save money, this site is a digital library of literature! There is a simple author index, with digital copies of their works following their biographies, a discussion board which, in the right situation, could be a useful resource as well. Their author selection is fairly diverse, though if looking for a more obscure author it may be best to go to an actual library. They say they are constantly updating though, so the possibility of less well-known authors showing up in the future is enticing.

Literary Resources on the Net

Added 04/22/2010
Yet another useful teaching database. This site is a collection of other sites that aid in teaching English and American literature. The links range from author biographies to digital copies of works to ideas for writing assignments or quiz questions! Great teaching resource!
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