Author Archives: Karen Y. Hamilton

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Karen leads workshops in Creative Writing, Poetry and Journal Therapy, and Memoir Writing. She has studied genealogy and personal histories since 1987, lecturing and leading workshops on Memoir Writing and Journaling to the community since 1998. Karen holds a BA in English and has studied Literature, Business, and Education at the graduate level. She is a former college instructor of English Composition and Reading. In the past, Karen has worked as a high school & middle school teacher. She currently works as a Curriculum Specialist and is an MFA Creative Writing student at Florida Atlantic University.

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).   Use this link to share the complete tutorial online with your students (includes video, slideshow, and an assignment). 

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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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