Secondary English Language Arts

Eric Grow
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  • An Hour Well Spent

    Posted by ERIC GROW on 12/6/2017


    In The School Essay Manifesto: Reclaimiing the Essay for Students and Teachers, author Tom Newkirk challenges many old beliefs about writing instruction--revealing them to be, in many instances, old habits rather than good pedagogy.   His writing is lively, provocative, and based on a lifetime teaching high school and college writing students.


    If you're feeling harried and pressed for time, don't fear. It's short--seventy-seven papes. Reading the entire book will probably only take you an hour or so, and I can almost guarantee you'll get new ideas for your classroom. 

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  • Middle School ELA Textbook Adoption

    Posted by ERIC GROW on 5/12/2016

    It's been a long time, true, but next school year middle schools will receive new ELA textbooks.  Which textbook that will be has been left for schools to decide.

    It's an important decision, since textbook adoptions last longer than the average California marriage. 

    To assist schools in making informed decisions, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Local District South invited local middle schools to attend presentations by representatives of the textbooks approved by the LAUSD, Board of Education: McGraw Hill--Study Sync, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt--California Collections, The College Board--Springboard, English Language Arts & English Language Development and Amplify-Amplify ELA: California Edition and Amplify ELD: California Edition.  The sessions were well-attended and those schools submitting their textbook requests by Friday, May 6th should receive new ELA textbooks by the June 30th.   

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  • Rethinking Research Using Text Sets

    Posted by ERIC GROW on 3/11/2016 2:30:00 PM

    Having your students do research assignments doesn't necessarily need to entail trips to the library or the computer lab.  Booking a trip to either may prove problematic, and once there, conducting the actual research may take longer than expected. To increase the time students spend actually analyzing and responding to research texts, consider using text sets.  

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  • Don't Be Afraid to Confernce with Young Writers

    Posted by ERIC GROW on 2/26/2016

    Conferencing with young writers is one of the best ways to build rapport with students and strengthen writing skills.  Cornelius Minor offers his suggestions to make the process efficient, effective and effortless.

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  • An Important Date Change for Kelly Gallagher Participants

    Posted by ERIC GROW on 2/12/2016

    Alas, Kelly Gallagher will not be available Saturday, February 27, 2016, so we will not be meeting at Mervyn Dymally High School. 

    That's the bad news.

    The good news is that the event has been rescheduled to April 2, 2016.  Please pass the word, and stay tuned for further information. 

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Mentor Text Clearinghouse Project

ESC South Secondary ELA is launching the Mentor Text Repository Project. This idea spurred from our conversations with Kelly Gallagher. Our goal is to have ESC South teachers generate a diverse list of mentor texts. Our vision for this project is to initiate a list that’ll evolve over time. While we will kick-off the list with suggestions, it will not be as meaningful or credibility as something that is being used in the classroom. We want to provide a platform where teachers are able to share a clearinghouse where teachers can select from text that have been tried and vetted. We encourage teachers to contribute to this document.

Title Author Narrative Argument Info/Expo Recommended use(s)
“Sometimes, the Earth is cruel” Leonard Pitts X X
Boys in the Boat, excerpt Daniel James Brown X

Please complete the google form "Mentor Text Clearinghouse". The ESC South ELA Secondary team will update the table as recommendations are made.