Author Archives: Karen Y. Hamilton

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.

Teaching Writing to Teens

English teachers often move into Creative Writing activities this time of year. I have several great workbooks for teachers to use with their middle and high school students. They are available in print and ebook form. The digital edition is … Continue reading

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Using Flipped Learning in the College Classroom

As the instructional specialist in the Learning Center at Robeson Community College, I was asked to develop a workshop for faculty. I chose to offer this professional development opportunity on Flipped Learning. I did so in part because I was … Continue reading

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Descriptive Writing

Here is a new lecture on descriptive writing (with audio). http://youtu.be/vZXn0TbJrlw   Use this link to share the complete tutorial online with your students (includes video, slideshow, and an assignment). http://www.sophia.org/descriptive-structure-writing-a-description-tutorial 

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Narrative Writing

Narrative Structure This is a Power Point presentation that shows the narrative pattern of organization in writing.

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Avoiding Sentence Fragments

This is a good video on avoiding sentence fragments

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Reading Process Worksheet

You can print the worksheet (with room to write) here Reading Process Worksheet. Reading Process Worksheet Before Reading   Step 1: Get to Know the Text   What does the title mean to me?     Who is the author? Do … Continue reading

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Reading Strategies: What to Do If….

Reading Strategies What to Do If… You don’t know a word. Use context clues! Look at the words surrounding the unfamiliar word; they may provide clues to the meaning of the word. Examples may suggest the meaning of an unknown … Continue reading

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