Analysis

3 Tips for Using Literature as Mentor Texts

"When it comes to writing and mentor text study in a literature intensive course, I rely on a few tricks of the mentor-text trade that encourage students to deliberately craft their writing, not just get words on the page in the allotted time. The best way I know how to do that is to the use the literature itself as our mentor texts." Here are 3 tips for using the literature you're already studying to guide your writers. @ncte #nctevillage

By karlahilliard, ago
Blog

WVCTE: 4 Years and Growing Strong

By Karla Hilliard These past four years, Jess and I have collaborated with a core team of teachers who serve on the WVCTE Executive Committee. Together, we have worked to re-establish the West Virginia affiliate of NCTE in order to do the important work of connecting teachers across the state. Read more…

By karlahilliard, ago
advocacy

Addressing the Opioid Crisis Cannot Be Ignored

In response to the release of “West Virginia’s Voice” and reactions to it, WVCTE Co-Director Karla Hilliard shares her thoughts on addressing addiction and offering hope to our students.  Recently in an interview I was asked, “What do you believe is a major problem facing public education?”  We’ve gone over this question pretty well in Read more…

By karlahilliard, ago
Blog

Teaching and Having Both Feet Planted in the Present

While “the world is mud-lucious” and growing beautiful and green, school days and spring days come on with some level of frustration, too. It’s opening day of standardized testing season, spring sports, proms, concerts, the works. And it’s that time of year when summer and its available freedoms seem so close yet so far away. Almost every teacher I know seems to have one foot planted in the present and one in the future, handling the anxieties of today and thinking ahead to all there is still yet to accomplish.

By karlahilliard, ago