I’ve been pouring over Allan Ahlberg’s The Pencil, which came out last year, but came on to my radar a few weeks ago. I’ve been trying to figure out how to use it as a mentor text with my students, which is why I haven’t written about it yet. However, after a lot of deliberation, I’ve realized that it is great for teaching kids how to use punctuation strategically, which will subsequently make their pieces have voice.
Stay tuned for the craft table, which I’ll be producing in the next 48 hours.
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).