About

Kathy Gevlin has more than two decades experience as a communications consultant and teacher.  She has written for and on behalf of top executives for some of the largest firms in the world.  For the past six years, Kathy has examined resources and methods available to teach writing and discovered that much of what is written about how to teach writing is neither practical nor consistent with how professional writers learn their craft.   Ms. Gevlin runs professional development workshops for teachers both online through the New York State Department of Education Online Academy and in-class through affiliations with regional Teacher Centers in the New York Metropolitan Area.  She also teaches writing to high school students who need support in how to master the art of the essay.  Ms. Gevlin graduated from Cornell with an AB in English, from NYU Stern School of Business with an MBA in Finance and is a New York State certified  Middle/High school English teacher with 30 graduate credits in Education.

This website is about teaching students how to write, and therefore how to think.  It is the result of years of analyzing (through in-school workshops (for both students and teachers), regular exchanges with teachers and highly regarded professional writers, private teaching and extensive research) what works and what doesn’t in the teaching of writing. 

Teaching writing isn’t complicated. It is about regularly reinforcing some fundamentals:  Make a good point.  Support it well.  Tell us why we need to know it. In short, good writing is about good thinking – a skill that isn’t taught nearly enough in our schools.

How to use this site:  The site is designed so that you can either focus on an area of interest or use the posts sequentially as the basis for a simple writing course you can integrate into an existing curriculum (by using the “Simpler Way to Teach Writing Menu).  Here, briefly, is how you would integrate writing into a curriculum.

  1. Teach students how to think, specifically, how to identify and evaluate the main points, the supporting points and the conclusion in written works.
  2. Teach them how to construct a basic argument outline.
  3. Teach them how to draft a basic essay from the outline.
  4. Teach them how to how to develop a good writing style so that the essay is less boring.
  5. Teach them how to provide feedback to their peers.

Even if you are only able to fully integrate Step 1 and Step 2 into your curriculum, you will make a difference: If you spend time teaching your students how to think critically and construct solid arguments, you will greatly improve not only their writing, but their ability to assess the quality and validity of information that comes their way every day.   

Each posting gives you the opportunity to comment. Please do!  If you try out some suggestions here, tell us about them and leave suggestions for improvement. 

Please note:  All information on this site is owned and copyrighted by Kathy Gevlin except where otherwise noted.  Teachers and other visitors to the site are free to use this information and distribute handouts as long as they give attribution and use the information only to supplement classroom teaching and not for profit.  Thank you.

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