Ruth gave me a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith when I arrived in Indiana. Essentially, the purpose of this book is to explore “creative destruction,” which is totally new to me since I care for my writer’s notebooks. However, that might be the reason Ruth got this for me… to try something new.
Take a peek at some of the destruction I created so far:
If you decide to buy this book, realize it can have another use: helping kids follow directions. I’ve used scavenger hunts to help kids with reading instructions prior to state tests… However, I think this book could be used in a similar, albeit more destructive, way.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).