Read this First: Thoughts for Teachers
Roy Tennant and Clarice Stasz, as well as
the Jack London electronic group, get numerous
requests for help from students.
Some of these are students looking for others to do their work. Be assured they will not get that kind of help from on-line experts. Most are too busy, or are teachers who understand how to redirect the student's question so the work will be original.
With all the pressures you are under, we nonetheless hope this site will prove helpful to your students and yourself. Here are some thoughts we have based upon our experiences with students.
- Skim through this web site overall so you are familiar with what students can and cannot find. In order to avoid cut-and-paste papers, we provide primarily reference material. Still, some students may cut-and-paste from the on-line biographies, encyclopedia, and book summaries. Be alert to these by checking out key web sources on Jack London.
about the importance of citing sources and
footnotes so they understand academic honesty
and plagiarism. If you have not taught them how to cite a web page, please do so. It will save them a lot of trouble in later classes and college. You could also show them EasyBib.
- Be sure your local libraries have the materials students need to do their assignments. We often hear from students at 9-12 level who are told to find literary articles on Jack London, but there is no nearby junior college or university that would have these. Much of the Jack London scholarship is in journals or books available only at such libraries.
- Another common problem is students who do not understand their assignment. That is why the first advice we give on Students: Homework Help is that they make sure they comprehend what the teacher wants. If you want students to write a paper on Social Darwinism in Jack London's writings, then be sure they understand Social Darwinism, and what you expect them to do with that information. You could, for example, in class take a different term, such as Atavism, and give examples of how you would put a paper together.
- Do not assign a project where students have to interview an expert. This seems to have become very common, and greatly intrudes on other people's time. We will not respond to such requests, except to refuse them politely.
Please do send us your ideas to help other teachers! This is your part of our web site!