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Poetry Friday: The Final Days of School

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I put the following poem into my students’ fifth grade yearbook. The irony is that on the last day of school, which was two days ago, we DID do the chant greeting of… Continue reading

WN ENTRY: Kids on Leashes

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Ralph Fletcher gives young writers 11 tips for things to collect in their writer’s notebooks. Fletcher encourages writers to notice the world around them and write about it. Here’s what I observed/noticed this… Continue reading

Ch-ch-ch-changes

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I asked my students how they’ve changed as writers from the beginning of the year until now. Here’s what a few of them said: In the beginning of the year I was terrible;… Continue reading

Timelines and Writer’s Notebooks

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I divided my kids up into ten groups today, printed out my Google Class Calendar, and asked them to work with a partner to organize and illustrate a month of the year. We… Continue reading

Acrostic Poetry

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I did quite a bit with acrostic poetry this year since a huge pet peeve of mine is watching kids write meaningless acrostic poems in their writer’s notebooks just for the sake of… Continue reading

The Rules of Writing Poetry

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One of my students, Allandra, just e-mailed me this morning. (She’s also a co-author of DEAL WITH IT! Powerful Words from Smart, Young Women. I’m not sure what prompted her note to me,… Continue reading

Kids 12-19 Can Build A Writing Portfolio Online

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I just noticed that you can also get published online with Scholastic’s WRITE IT Website. Submissions must be from children between ages 12 – 19.

Writing with Writers

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I found a great section of Scholastic’s Website entitled “Writing with Writers,” which is a place devoted to helping kids learn how to write better by taking a workshop with a published author.… Continue reading

Poetry Friday

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This poem makes me happy that it’s finally summertime! Sea Joy When I go down by the sandy shore I can think of nothing I want more Than to live by the blooming… Continue reading

“An overuse of craft is cr*p!”

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Author Lester Laminack taught a course I took at Teachers College during the 2006 Summer Institute on the Teaching of Writing. He said, “There’s only a letter or two that separates the word… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: A Special Relative

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Fletcher suggests writing about a brother, sister, or special relative. Remember: think small. Focus on one aspect of that person, or one experience you had with him or her. Both of my grandfathers… Continue reading

Lunch Box Poetry

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I had an idea in the shower this morning (the place of many wonderful thoughts). When I have kids I think I’m going to put a poem into their lunch box every day… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Valerie Worth Poems

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Some lovely small poems by Valerie Worth: chairs Chairs Seem To Sit Down On Themselves, almost as if They were people, Some fat, some thin; Settled comfortably On their own seats, Some even… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: Special Place

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Today’s WN Entry comes from Ralph Fletcher‘s Website. THE CHARGE: Special place: special room, attic nook, inside of a tree, scary closet. You might start by quickly sketching a map of a house… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: Artifact

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Today’s WN entry comes from Ralph Fletcher’s Tips for Young Writers: Write about an artifact (arrowhead, ring, antique, etc.). Important objects in our lives often provide excellent material to write about. My yellow… Continue reading

Fletcher’s Tips for Young Writers

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Ralph Fletcher recently added more tips for children on his “Tips for Young Writers” Page, which is a collection of ideas for getting started on writing notebook entries, information on how to revise… Continue reading

Summer Vacation Literacy Activites

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ReadWriteThink, a partnership between IRA and NCTE, launched a brand new section of their website today, which focuses on summer literacy activities for children. The activities are broken down into three clusters, K-2,… Continue reading

Independent Writing Projects

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I’m debating as to whether or not I should assign independent writing projects to my students before the end of the school year (which ends on 6/27). Part of me sees the importance… Continue reading