Category Archive: authors

Advice for the Perfectionists in Writing Workshop

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Do you consider yourself to be a perfectionist? Are there students in your classroom who might be described as perfectionists?

Exposing, Sharing, & Connecting: Helping Writers See Why We Write

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When we know the purpose or the why in our work we work intentionally. As teachers, knowing our writers are working with intention allows us to trust the students. With trust, we can step back and allow students to make the decisions about their writing.

A Class Hub To The Rescue!

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A class hub can make all the difference for digital writing and learning!

Discovering and Developing Student Writer Identity

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For writers to grow, they must develop writer identities. How do we help them do that?

Show Up and Do the Work

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A lesson from Kate DiCamillo

Live From #KidLitPalooza!

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Stay tuned this morning as I add to this post about #KidLitPalooza, live from this amazing event that connects children’s authors to students!

In Thanks: Books That Built a Writing Teacher

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What are the books that have shaped you as a teacher of writing? Reflecting today, in thanks, for the authors and books that have influenced my life as a teacher.

How I Became An Author

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Ralph Fletcher, who is a beloved trade and professional book author, steps into our Author Spotlight.

Being an Illustrator on Both Sides of the Fence

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Mike Curato, author and illustrator of the Little Elliot books, steps into TWT’s Author Spotlight today.

Crafting Nonfiction: Conducting Research and Organizing Information

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Melissa Stewart, award-winning author of more than 150 nonfiction books for children, steps into our Author’s Spotlight today. In her post, she shares about the chunk and check process, which will help your students conduct research.

From Library Desk to Library Shelf: My 10-Year Path to Publication

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We’re delighted to have Augusta Scattergood kicking-off our new Author Spotlight Blog Series.

Writing Day and Night!

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Check out Michigan author, Ruth McNally Barshaw and a peek at our family literacy night!

Wild Things! Review and a Giveaway

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I enjoyed this book as a fan of children’s literature, but it is also a valuable resource to teachers of literacy.

Five on Friday + Book Giveaways

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Want to obtain some high quality professional development at no cost to you? Need some books to sink your teeth into this summer? Feel like kicking back and just enjoying some time off? If you answered “yes,” to one of these questions, then read on!

Writing Fiction? Author Megan Jean Sovern Provides a Host of Inspiration

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Today’s interview holds a host of insights into the way in which Megan Jean Sovern, author of The Meaning of Maggie, develops characters, brings themes to the fore, and plans plot trajectory. Suffice it to say, I came away more than a little inspired.

Happy Charting: ‘Smarter Charts’ Authors Marjorie Martinelli and Kristi Mraz Share Some Tips for Your Classroom

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It’s always a joy to learn with Majorie Martinelli and Kristi Mraz. In this interview, they share some excellent advice on using charts to support independence in the classroom.

Kate Messner’s Latest Picture Book

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I love this new title from Kate Messner and Andy Rash. As I read it, I was intrigued by the speech bubbles, and I wondered how they influenced Kate’s writing process. Lucky for… Continue reading

Author & Illustrators as Mentors

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It is important to say the name of the author and the illustrator when you read a picture book.

Thoughts on Writing from the Author of The Mighty Lalouche

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NOTE FROM STACEY: Matthew Olshan wrote The Mighty Lalouche specifically for illustrator Sophie Blackall to illustrate since he was familiar with her fascination of turn-of-the-century boxers.  My interest was piqued by this author-illustrator… Continue reading

Keep Learning

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Today I read a few pages from Peter Johnston’s book, Choice Words. You know this book, right? If not, it is a small, powerful read that can change your teaching life forever. (If… Continue reading