Monthly Archive: May, 2010

Keep Going ‘Til the End!

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This post is as much for me as anyone. I believe in finishing the school year strong. However, this belief tends to conflict with a natural urge to shut down as the end… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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“This is a story about darkness and light, about sorrow and joy, about something lost and something found. This is a story about Love.” —Walt Disney’s Cinderella Retold by Cynthia Rylant

Year-End Student Reflection

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An integral part of being a writer is taking time for reflective practice. The end of the school year is one time to ask students to reflect on their lives as writers. Take… Continue reading

Journey Around a Topic

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Earlier this month, The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice, which is written by Wendy Pfeffer and illustrated by Linda Bleck, was released by Dutton Children’s Books.  The Longest Day is non-fiction, but… Continue reading

Celebrate!

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Today I attended a second grade Popcorn Poetry Party. All the second graders gathered in the shade outside with parents and fans (i.e., teachers) surrounding them. They took turns “popping up” to the… Continue reading

How much can you fit into one school year?

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Many teachers are spending preparation periods working with colleagues to develop a curriculum map for the 2010-2011 school year.  Developing a scope and sequence that is developmentally appropriate, interesting to children, and meets… Continue reading

Share your writing with us (and others) today.

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You Won’t Want to Miss This!

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My daughter brought this home in her backpack. She reads 10 books this summer, completes this, takes it to a Borders, Borders Express, or Waldenbooks, and gets a free book. If your students… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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Words tickle him like fingertips in the ribs. — Jerry Spinelli, Loser

When’s the right time to start writing literary essays?

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I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking about literary essays lately.  The topic first came up in early May when I was consulting with a third grade teacher who I had worked… Continue reading

Inspiration for an Independent Writing Project

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With the school year wrapping up, I’m assuming that many of you are starting your final units of study.  I’m sure many of you are doing an independent writing project unit so as… Continue reading

Share Your Story

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Stories are as unique as the people who tell them, and the best stories are those in which the ending is a surprise. At least, that’s what Travis Parker recalled his dad telling… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: 16 May 2010

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Late, I know, but sometimes things are just too fresh to write about on demand. Here is what I was hoping I could get out yesterday. Grey skies surrounded our little gathering. Some were… Continue reading

Book Reviewing Policy

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We’ve been reviewing a lot more books on this blog in the past year.  Therefore, it’s time for us to share a review policy, inspired by The Reading Zone and The Well-Read Child… Continue reading

Share your writing today!

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What Goes in a Writer’s Notebook?

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One of the things which took me a few years to really understand is what goes in a writer’s notebook. It was one of those thinking journeys which twisted and turned through many… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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“Indeed, the more she wrote, the louder the stories seemed to grow, swirling in her mind, pressing against her head, anxious for release. She didn’t know whether they were any good and in… Continue reading

Procedures

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My school is putting together pertinent lessons for the first few weeks of school to make launching Reading and Writing Workshop more succinct. So for the past few weeks I’ve been considering the… Continue reading

Punctuating Dialogue

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Have you ever noticed how challenging it is for kids to punctuate dialogue correctly?  (Let’s be honest… there are many adults who have this problem too!)  I’m not in favor of utilizing grammar… Continue reading

How’s Your Writing Workshop Going?

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As the year winds down, now is a perfect time to reflect on your Writing Workshop. Here are a few questions I’m mulling over this week. What did I do well this year… Continue reading