Monthly Archive: June, 2010

Make a Simple Summer Journal by Mary Alice Gruppi

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Mary Alice Gruppi is a middle school language arts teacher who morphed into an elementary administrator. Currently she is the principal of a K-5 school. She blogs at There’s a Pal in Principal.… Continue reading

Comprehensive Character Description

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In order to create the world of a story for a reader, it’s necessary to engage in character development.  Writers must make characters come alive in their minds if they’re going to create… Continue reading

Summer Reading

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What are your reading plans this summer? I thought I’d take a minute to share some professional books about Writing Workshop. I’ve divided my “recommendations” into two categories. New-to-Writing Workshop-Philosophy Primary: About the… Continue reading

Stave-off summer reading loss

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The folks at Penguin Books recently alerted me to a fantastic new program you should tell your students about if school is still in session.  We Give Books is a website that provides… Continue reading

A New SOLSC Button

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We refurbished our blog (e.g., check out our more user-friendly blog roll) last week.  Therefore, we figured we’d update the Slice of Life Story Challenge Button as well.  Hope you like it!

A Few Changes

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If you look closely, you may notice a few changes around here. Our header is slightly different, we’re sporting a new button for our motto, and the Slice of Life button is a… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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Writing a first draft is very much like watching a Polaroid develop. You can’t — and, in fact, you’re not supposed to — know exactly what the picture is going to look like… Continue reading

The Doors of Poetry: Guest Blog Post by Sarah Mulhern

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Our first Guest Blog Post of the summer is written by Sarah Mulhern, who is a sixth grade teacher in New Jersey.  Sarah blogs at The Reading Zone. When Stacey first asked me… Continue reading

Writing Letters of Gratitude

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Ruth wrote about gratitude yesterday.  Besides getting me thinking of all of the things I’m thankful for, it got me thinking about all of the people who we don’t thank enough in our… Continue reading

Gratitudes.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve made a list of gratitudes. Isn’t it interesting how embedded in the word gratitude, is almost the word attitude? I’ve found if I make a list of… Continue reading

The First Slice of Life Story Challenge of June

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