Essays of Interest

IB English A: Language & Literature: Essays of Interest

Teachers - good teachers, that is - have a problem, and they cannot help themselves. To wit: In just about everything they read, good teachers identify something, one way or another, to bring to their classroom. And, for this reason, good teachers are "always on", forever looking out for new and interesting materials. The good teacher, then, is never really that far from the classroom, and, oh boy, it can be hard to...

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Rebecca Miles 3 May 2017 - 10:32


I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of a good book/manual on essay writing technique. My students are familiar with: "They say, I say2 but I was hoping that you might be able to point me in the direction of another helpful but concise publication.

Also, I am thinking about teaching for the first time Persepolis and would like to brish up on the relevant terminology for grpahic novels. Do oyu have experience of either of the following and would you reommend them? Teaching the graphic novel by Stephen E. Tabacnich and Eisner's Graphic storytelling and Visual Narrative.

Many thanks as always!

Tim Pruzinsky 4 May 2017 - 01:39

Hi Rebecca,

I like the professional development books by Penny Kittle, Kelly Gallagher and Jim Burke. They might not be exactly what you are looking for, but they have influenced me heavily in my own teaching of writing. Just be aware that they are very, very American in style and context.

As for your second question, I'm not familiar with either of the books you list.


David McIntyre 4 May 2017 - 02:53

Hi Rebecca,

I am familiar with They Say, I Say. When I say 'familiar', I have it as an audio book, which is, you can imagine, a weird way to access it. I am a bit frustrated that the book is available as an audio book but not in digital e-book form (why?). Anyway, self indulgence aside, I can understand that the book is something that provides very practical materials for classroom use. You may be interested in From Inquiry to Academic Writing by Greene and Lidinsky. You might also look at The Little Seagull Handbook by Billock, Brody, and Weinberg.

On your second question, I know the Eisner book. Worth reading. Scott McCloud has several books that are worth reading too; begin with Understanding Comics.

Kind regards,


David McIntyre 4 May 2017 - 02:55

P.S. Rebecca, I listen regularly to Bookworm on KCRW. Some recent programmes discussed graphic novels, and this could be worth listening to.


Rebecca Miles 4 May 2017 - 10:24

As always very helpful. I had never heard of KCRW and will definitely make that my next resource to check out. Thanks so much for the input.

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