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Martha Horn!

Martha Horn is coming to NE Indiana on October 14, hosted by the All-Write Consortium. I’m super excited to hear her thoughts about teaching our youngest writers. If you are interested in attending, just click here for registration information.

Do you know her book, Talking, Drawing, and Writing? She wrote it along with Mary Ellen Giacobbe. Their thoughts and ideas for working with young writers stretch me and make me excited. The power of teaching into illustration is incredible. I think this is going to be a year of developing my understanding even more of the way young writers work.

You know, I think this is one of my favorite things about this work…my understanding and knowledge is constantly changing.

And while we are on the subject of very young writers, I’d like to share with you a book my son wrote last year. It started out as a little project to keep his hands busy while I made dinner. I helped him draw a train and then turned the marker over to him. The remaining pages are almost all him. Even at the age of 4.5 he impressed me with his ability to stretch words. I love what young writers can do when we give them the chance.

PS — Like all writers, Sam would love to hear your thoughts about his book. 🙂 He also encourages everyone to write a train book, because he loves trains!

8 thoughts on “Martha Horn!

  1. Wow, Sam! You are quite the writer. Most train lovers write about the just the big train on the track, but you see things in detail–details are what make great writers!! I’m writing with my grandchildren, but you just gave me an idea–they need to try and write a book like you!!! Keep writing and giving us great information about the things you love. Write on!!!!


  2. Dear Sam, the author,

    What a wonderful digital story. Thank you for allowing your mom to share it with all of our readers on Two Writing Teachers. I’m glad you wrote a story about what you’re passionate about, trains. Perhaps I will learn more about trains thanks to your inspiration.

    My best,


    R: Just started reading Horn and Giacobbe’s book on Monday. It’s fantastic! I’m planning to interview the two of them as soon as I finish. SAS


  3. Dear Sam, I imagine you will have to read this in the morning, because it’s late now, but I wanted to tell you that I liked that you put words and pictures together on every page which made a good story. I have a grandson who is older now, but he loves trains and did when he was your age, too. I hope you will get to learn more about trains and then write about it, too.


  4. Sam,

    I have never thought about all the parts that make up a whole train! I love the way you used two colors to make the light shine. That made me picture the light of a train coming towards me in the night.

    I hope you write more about trains. My favorite thing about trains is the noise they make. I wonder if you can capture the noises of a train in words. I bet you can.

    I am going to share your train book with my friends Casey and Jacob, who also love trains. You are a published author!



  5. Sam,
    You are a great writer. I love your train parts. In my town, we have a great big train engine in the park and you can go inside it and take a look around. I’ll bet you would like that!

    I can’t wait to read more of your writing!


  6. Dear Sam,
    This book is so cool! I learned some new train parts I did not know before. This book also reminds me of books my son (also named Sam!) and I wrote when he was your age. It is a lot of fun and I hope you write more!
    another Ruth (just like your mom)


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