Monthly Archive: April, 2012

The Book Stack

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An eclectic little stack today. Click on the images to go to a link about the book. I’ve been enjoying books I can read a little here and a little there. This book,… Continue reading

Voiceless Visitors

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I came across “Ode to the voiceless visitor” during last week’s Slice of Life Story Challenge. Riss Leung posted it over at L.I.T. Ladies. It resonated with me since I often wonder why… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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  “How does your setting make people feel? That is the key, not how a place looks but its psychological effect on the characters.” — Donald Maass {Want to play a little with… Continue reading

Persuasion with Karen Caine

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Last week I was fortunate to spend the day with Karen Caine. Are you familiar with her work? It is the book that I have had to buy the most — SIX times… Continue reading

Pathways to the Common Core + a Giveaway

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I’ve been working hard to prepare lectures for my graduate students that address the  Common Core State Standards, or CCSS, with regard to the teaching of writing.  While I have read through the… Continue reading

Learning how to confer with student writers

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One of the teachers I’m working alongside is really focused on honing her conferring skills. So we are hunkering down beside students and listening intently to their work. She leads the conference and… Continue reading

The Weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge Is Back!

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Sorry that we missed you last week.  If you’re like me, you probably still sliced even though you didn’t link up to a weekly call for slices.  However, if you took the week… Continue reading

The Book Stack

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I have a new obsession…London. It started stirring slowly, but now I’m curious about London. This book sent my curiousity over the edge. Now I have nagging questions and bits of stories bouncing… Continue reading

We’re taking a vacation.

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We’re not traveling to any kind of exotic location, though that would be nice.  However, we’ve decided to take a week off from blogging.  The reason?  The Fifth Annual Slice of Life Story… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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THE JADE NOTEBOOK and Laura Resau are all kinds of inspiration for me right now. Check out Ruth Ayres Writes next week as I share more (and bring back the Discover. Play. Build. Challenge). Meanwhile,… Continue reading

Who are your mentors?

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I’ve been preparing for the graduate course, “Children’s Literature in Teaching Writing,”  I’m teaching in June every time my daughter goes down for a nap, heads to sleep, etc.  I read through a… Continue reading

Vote for Me Giveaway Recipient

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Congratulations to Anita whose commenter number corresponds to the random number drawn for Ben Clanton’s new book Vote for Me.  Many thanks to Kids Can Press for sponsoring this giveaway. If you missed… Continue reading

Notice something different?

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Today is a big day around here.  It’s the day we’ve finally retired the blog theme (Digg 3) we have been using since we started Two Writing Teachers in June 2007.  We decided… Continue reading

First Attempt at Poetry

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Yesterday Lori Hickman and I launched a poetry unit of study in her kindergarten classroom. Since we wanted to see what they already knew about writing poetry, we decided to have them write… Continue reading

The Weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Please link the Slice of Life Story you write today to this post by leaving a comment. Be sure to check out other bloggers’ writing by clicking through the links in the comment… Continue reading

Prizes for the Fifth Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge

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It’s my pleasure to announce the winners of the prizes from the 5th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.  While I thought about using technology for the giveaway, I opted to do it… Continue reading

Found Poetry Giveaway Recipient

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Congratulations to Justin Green whose commenter number corresponds to the random number drawn for Georgia Heard’s new book of poems The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems.  Many thanks to… Continue reading

The Book Stack

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I have three gems for you. I. LOVE. These. Books. Love them. Micah Player previously worked for Paul Frank Industries. His illustrations and story are whimsical made me fall in love on the spot. Check… Continue reading

Vote for Me + a Giveaway

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If you’re a political junkie like me, then you love presidential election years.  Seriously, I live for election night coverage… it’s my Super Bowl!  (I’m not kidding.  I have laid in bed late… Continue reading

Editing Wonderings

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I’ve been thinking a lot about editing and conventions and writing workshop. My ideas keep twirling around and I’m trying to grab hold, but they don’t seem to want to be pinned down… Continue reading