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It’s Finally Published!

I submitted the essay I wrote , alongside my fourth graders who were writing research-based, “This I Believe” Essays, to almost six months ago.  About three months after it wasn’t published, I began to give up hope that it ever would be.  Yesterday, out of the blue, I received an e-mail from stating my essay had finally been published on their website.  Since a few folks wanted to know when it was posted, I figured I’d link to it now.  Click here if you’d like to read my essay, “Saving a Single Human Life Can Save the World.”

Stacey Shubitz View All

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).

8 thoughts on “It’s Finally Published! Leave a comment

  1. Good for you! my 8th graders’ final exam for the past three years has been a TIB essay. They really get into it and last year I had them read and voice record their essays and burned them onto CDs. It’s been a great project.


  2. Mary Alice:

    I totally miss it! Although consulting and writing does mean that Sunday nights, like tonight, are a lot less hectic. Did I mention I miss the classroom though? 😉

    Hope things are going well up in MA!

    My best,


  3. Thanks so much for writing this wonderful essay. There is nothing simplistic about it! I remember being very moved when a Jewish friend explained the concept of righteous gentile to me. Very few Christians know this term (even if they are intentionally living it). I love that this essay is published at the intersection of two religious holidays: in time for the lighting of the first Hanukkah candle and during Advent.


  4. Thanks! Looking at it now, there are a lot of things I wish I could go back and revise. I wrote the text so that it would be accessible for my fourth graders to use as a mentor. I think it’s a little simplistic, but it is what it is.


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