Welcome to HIT—How I Teach…. Each week in this innovative audiocast/videocast, I bring you tips, tricks, and techniques for teaching writing, language arts, grammar, and more (to grades two through twelve) drawing upon my 100+ curriculum books totaling over 50,000 pages.

But wait…there’s more! Not only do I teach parents, teachers, and homeschoolers the hundreds of teaching tools I have developed over the past twenty years, listeners/viewers also get a weekly downloadable booklet, Teacher’s Notebook (TN) that has actual lesson sheets that you can print off and use with your students to teach the very topic that I just taught you!

The first episode is jam-packed with teaching helps for you…. two lessons for grades two through ten (or remedial for upper high school):

  1. How I Teach…. Writing the Three “Favorites” Essay
  2. How I Teach…. Wacky Words—there/their/they’re


In the writing portion, I teach important essay concepts such as:

1) Why “Favorites” are great starting points for all essay writers (including young ones with the one favorite!)

2) The importance of expectation explanations in all writing projects

3) The importance of and how to use samples in your teaching

4) How to use Brainstorming Boxes and Directed Brainstorming Boxes in your teaching

5) The simplicity of paragraph breaks with “favorites” writing

6) How to teach the Thesis Statement and Thesis Statement Reloaded

7) How to teach transitions from paragraph to paragraph

8) How to use samples to teach grammar and sentence structure

Note: TN sheets this week contain free Directed Brainstorming Boxes and Outline Space for any Three Favorites Essay!


In the Wacky Words portion, I teach important concepts such as:

1) The value of repetition and continuity in teaching wording/phrasing

2) Using highlighters to dissect word parts that give students hints to meanings

3) How there contains the word HERE–and using this in your teaching

4) How their contains the word HEIR–and using this in your teaching

5) The importance of teaching students to mentally say all contractions uncontracted

Note: TN sheets this week contain free their/there/they’re lesson and assignment!

Note: The first two episodes got a little long, so I am trimming each future one down to either a writing or a grammar/usage/word lesson—you’ll still get all the great print materials….and I won’t have to rush as much (and will be able to keep it to thirty minutes!).


Find everything you need here!

Weekly broadcast episodes with Teacher’s Notebook downloads (and links to listen or watch!) at the Language Arts Lady Blog

Master (continually updated) Teacher’s Notebook downloadable booklet

Free writing books and videos of me teaching your students for you for a couple of weeks!

All of my digital books at the Language Arts Lady Store

How I Teach…Language Arts Lady YouTube channel

How I Teach….Podcast 

Click the Teacher’s Notebook below for your teacher’s notebook sheets for this episode: