Monthly Archive: December, 2008

Weekly Challenges

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Some writers live a solitary life. Many write in isolation and put their work out into the world only when they feel it’s, well, perfect. As a reader of the Two Writing Teachers… Continue reading

Two Exceptional Professional Books

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In the past week, I’ve managed to squeeze-in some time to read through two professional books, both of which I picked up while I was at NCTE. Writing to Persuade: Minilessons to Help… Continue reading

Stacey’s SOLS: Contest

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I noticed the clay menorahs sitting on the “to-be-fired” cart in the Arts Room when I arrived at Ceramics Class this evening. I didn’t think twice about them ’til I heard Shannon mention… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life: Summer Memory.

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I’ve been playing a bit with digi-scrapbooking (thanks to a Jessica Sprague Beginner’s Photoshop class).  Here’s this week’s slice of life.  All supplies from Jessica Sprague.

Comprehension Strategy Charts.

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I know our main focus is the teaching of writing.  I also know I’ve been posting quite a bit lately on reading.  I’m not going to apologize for it!  They are too closely linked… Continue reading

NCTE: Reading Assessment.

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While at NCTE, I listened to Patrick Allen, Franki Sibberson, and colleagues discuss reading assessment.  Here are some highlights: One assessment isn’t better than another and none can stand alone.  We need a… Continue reading

The First “Slice of Life Story Challenge” of December

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Mr. Linky is down (again — seems to be a common theme) so please link your Slice of Life Story… Continue reading

Basic Comment Sheet

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Need a basic comment sheet for your students’ next Publishing Celebration? Just make a three-column table in Word like this:

Stacey’s Memoir Monday Post: In-Process About My Closest Friend

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Through the years… Originally uploaded by teachergal I took one of the lean prompts, and some of the questions Sprague gave us during the Stories in Hand Class, and used them to start… Continue reading

A Fabulous Etsian Made These for My Kids!

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Custom-made Idea Notebooks Originally uploaded by teachergal If you read this blog a lot, then you know I love Etsy! I’ve found many creative Etsians who have created wonderful things for my classroom… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Thanksgiving

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Growing up, we traveled deep into the hills of the Ozarks in Arkansas for Thanksgiving dinner with my grandparents.  We used to sing, “Through the river and over the hills to Grandma’s house… Continue reading

Standard English vs. Texting.

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In my most November 2008 issue of The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, I came across an article by Gloria E. Jacobs, “We Learn What We Do:  Developing a Repertoire of Writing… Continue reading

Revisiting

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My colleagues and I are going to revisit writer’s notebooks with our students right after the winter recess. We haven’t written the teaching points yet, but our homework, over the holiday, was to… Continue reading

Memoir Mondays

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Time to take a trip down memory lane… Once you write your post, please link it here using the Image Linky. (If you don’t see the Image Linky below, then leave a comment… Continue reading