Monthly Archive: October, 2009

There’s Still Time!

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After grappling, for months, about what I would submit to The National Gallery of Writing, I finally wrote a piece about my transition to teaching from working in public relations.  I submitted my… Continue reading

Spelling + Drafting + 2nd Grade Writers

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My oldest daughter is a second grader and a whiz at spelling.  Every Friday she brings home a list of “Word Wall” words for the upcoming week and asks me to “quiz” her.  She… Continue reading

Developing Theories About Craft Moves

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This past summer I spent a week at the TCRWP Summer Writing Institute.  One of my week-long courses was about mentor texts.  Emily Smith, the section leader, introduced us to a book, But… Continue reading

Slicing on Tuesday

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Gallery of Writing

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The National Day of Writing is rapidly approaching.  Have you submitted your writing to the Gallery yet?  There are many possibilities for the type of submission you can contribute.  Click here to view… Continue reading

Jodi Picoult Quote

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I have this quote near my computer to remind me of the importance of narrative, among other things.  Jodi Picoult is a master at the craft of writing, if you don’t know her… Continue reading

Many Options for Celebrating Student Work

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Katherine Bomer once said, “Writing celebration is the most important part of the writing process.”  With that being said, there should be ample time set aside to celebrate the hard work of writers… Continue reading

Good Ol’ Apostrophes

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A couple days ago I was looking at our blog stats and noticed our blog was being searched for apostrophes. Not just any apostrophes, but someone was specifically looking for “creative use of… Continue reading

Cybils 2009

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Voting for the Cybils starts today!  Be sure to cast a vote for your favorite new books of 2009.  Nominations are open from October 1st – 15th, 2009.  At that point, the first… Continue reading