Category Archive: authors

Personal Narrative Texts.

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In many of the classrooms I’m working in, we are moving into a Personal Narrative study.  I asked teachers to gather books they would like to use to anchor their teaching.  Below is a… Continue reading

You’ve Gotta Sign Up!

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Thanks to my colleague, Mary Helen Gensch, I know in time this year to sign up for Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Ball State Univeristy’s MYVisit Virtual Author Series.  On October 7, BSU… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Collecting Memories

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Not so much a memoir post, but a post about collecting memories.  Soon after the girls arrived in our home a book arrived in my mail.  Photo Freedom by Stacy Julian has revolutionized… Continue reading

reflecting on charts.

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Yesterday in Sue Price’s sixth grade language arts class, I led the sharing.  Her students are in the middle of reading their research (on a topic of their choice) in order to write… Continue reading

thinking about pictures.

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When Debbie Miller was here, she had recommended Tony Johnston’s book, The Harmonica.  I was instantly intrigued by the book and ordered it from Amazon.  (You can too, by using the links in… Continue reading

frank serafini.

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Over the next few days I’m going to have a few posts inspired by Frank Serafini, author of numerous works, including Around the Reading Workshop in 80 Days.  All-Write Consortium (which my school district belongs)… Continue reading

New Book.

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I was looking for a sample chapter from Janet Angelillo’s book Writing About Reading:  From Book Talk to Literary Essays, Grades 3 -8 .  Although I did find the sample chapter, more importantly,… Continue reading

uplifting words.

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I started reading Penny Kittle’s book, The Greatest Catch, yesterday.  It is fantastic — I could hardly put it down!  In her introduction, she shares these words, which I think are most uplifting on… Continue reading

So you say that teachers of writing must be writers themselves, eh?

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I’ve found a common thread amongst those who’ve commented on Ruth’s Post entitled “Key Beliefs.” Nearly everyone has said that teachers of writing must be writers themselves. If that’s the case, then it’s… Continue reading

becoming better.

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Today in a workshop, Carl Anderson emphasized the point of being intentional about approaching our conferring from the point of strength of the student. Basically, we learn what they are doing and help them… Continue reading

fantasy writing.

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I’m working in a fifth grade classroom this week who studied Chris Van Allsburg and are now working on their own fantasy stories.  I must admit I was a bit skeptical about the… Continue reading

dear author.

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Last year Mindy Hoffar (the leader of All-Write) had shared an exchange of letters between a student and Laurie Halse Anderson from the book Dear Author: Letters of Hope (Top young adult authors… Continue reading

organizing.

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Today I had a few moments to spare, so I worked on organizing my focus lesson binders.  I pulled all my k-1 lessons and put them in a separate binder.  I organized it according… Continue reading

on writing

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Today I was reminded of a story from Stephen King’s book, On Writing:  A Memoir of the Craft.  Here are his words — My room in our Durham house was upstairs, under the… Continue reading

I met George Ella Lyon!

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George Ella Lyon and I started communicating with each other this past winter when I needed to request permission for my students to mentor their “Where I’m From” Poems after hers when they… Continue reading

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

“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

Lester Laminack

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Next Monday (less than 5 days away), I will be introducing Lester Laminack.  I’m excited (and nervous) about this honor.  However, I’ve been thinking — What will I say to give a worthy… Continue reading