Category Archives: Resources for Teaching

Resources for Teaching includes a variety of articles and essays, plus links to useful resources for teachers of literature and writing. If you’re looking for something you don’t see, try typing a few keywords into the search box.

Types of Humor

Literary devices that create humor As you read, you will encounter many types of humor, and you will find some types funnier than others. If you want to learn to use humor in writing, it helps to identify some of the literary devices … Continue reading

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Style: Canons of Rhetoric

Style: Canons of Rhetoric Style concerns the artful expression of ideas. If invention addresses what is to be said; style addresses how this will be said. From a rhetorical perspective style is not incidental, superficial, or supplementary: style names how … Continue reading

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Arrangement: Canons of Rhetoric

Arrangement Arrangement (dispositio or taxis) concerns how one orders speech or writing. In ancient rhetorics, arrangement referred solely to the order to be observed in an oration, but the term has broadened to include all considerations of the ordering of … Continue reading

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Invention: Canons of Rhetoric

Invention Invention concerns finding something to say (its name derives from the Latin invenire, “to find”). Certain common categories of thought became conventional to use in order to brainstorm for material. These common places (places = topoi in Greek) are … Continue reading

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Canons of Rhetoric

The Canons of Rhetoric invention  | arrangement  | style  | memory  | delivery Rhetoric, as an art, has long been divided into five major categories or “canons”: Invention Arrangement Style Memory Delivery These categories have served both analytical and generative … Continue reading

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Graphic Organizers for Essay Writing

What is a graphic organizer? Graphic organizers are useful visual tool that help students brainstorm ideas, organize information, and draft papers with just a few words or phrases. There are many different kinds of organizers available, and you can even invent your … Continue reading

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How to Create a Reverse Outline

Reverse Outline: A useful tool As you work with a text —essay, story, speech, article, or fable, it can be helpful to create a reverse outline. This can help you see the structure of the piece and the flow of ideas, … Continue reading

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G. K. Chesterton on Aesop and his Fables

G. K. Chesterton on Aesop and his Fables G. K. Chesterton discusses some elements of fable and the fame of Aesop, in his introduction to a 1912 edition of Aesop’s Fables. Aesop embodies an epigram not uncommon in human history; his … Continue reading

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Of Education by John Milton

Of Education by John Milton Of Education was published anonymously as a tract in 1644. It represents John Milton’s views “concerning the best and noblest way of education.” Milton believed that education was to “fit a man to perform justly, skillfully, and magnanimously all … Continue reading

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Creating Outlines by Kathleen Lietzau

Creating Outlines by Kathleen Lietzau What is an Outline? Macro Outlines Micro Outlines Crafting an Outline Moving from the Outline to the Paper What is an Outline? An outline is a way of formally arranging and developing your ideas. Though … Continue reading

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