For me the most intuitive technique for raising academic standards will be Stretch It. I feel like I already use this technique pretty frequently when I teach classes; it's natural to challenge students when they're already on a "hot streak" of answering correctly, and for the most part, they really love the challenge. The most difficult technique to implement from this chapter will probably be Right Is Right. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm sometimes guilty of easing students into the right answer, even if the answers they give are only partially on the way to being right. It will be tough for me to hold out, but I see that holding out is worth it.
Phrases I can use to hold out for right answers: a. "You're on the right track, but can you get more specific?" b. "Oh, you're so close. Now you just need to elaborate." c. "That's a great start. Can you push your explanation just a little further?" d. "I like where you're headed with that answer. What else can you tell me about ____?"
Ten Stretch It questions for the second option (use the word achieve in a sentence), with an answer of "I can achieve my dream of becoming a pilot if I study hard." a. "In that sentence, what part of speech is achieve?" b. "What does it mean to be a high-achiever in that scenario?" c. "Can you rephrase that sentence using different words?" d. "Can you give me a sentence that means the opposite what you've just said?" e. "If you wanted to replace achieve in that sentence, what word might you use?" f. "Turn achieve into a noun. What is that word?" g. "What might a synonym for achievement be?" h. "What is an antonym for achieve?" i. "When might achieve be a better choice than, say, accomplish? j. "If you achieve a goal, how might that make you feel?"
I think teaching very specific MLA formatting for a bibliography or works cited page is pretty dry material. It's difficult for students to get right and requires an extreme attention to detail. To make this topic exciting and engaging, I might start the class with an analogy of performing surgery to frame MLA formatting. Surgeons approach a surgery with patience, established methodology, and very steady hands. Doing so allows them make sure they're doing the best work possible for the patient. MLA formatting is similar; it takes a nuanced approach to produce the best work for a paper. It's not something a student can do last minute, or the paper (patient) will suffer. MLA formatting is standardized, just like surgical procedures, so that every paper is right every time, no matter the class or assignment.