Category Archive: biography

Many Ways to Use “I am” Poems!

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Don’t shy away from the formulaic “I am” poem! There are so many possibilities…

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.

New Mentor Texts for Information Writing

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The books featured in this post, all of which were published in 2015, represent a variety of information writing. All of these are texts that can pull double- and even triple-duty in your classroom, thereby allowing you to use a text during read-aloud time so you can revisit it during a writing workshop minlesson and/or in a content area.

Black History Month & Beyond – My #NF10for10 + 10 Book Giveaways

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Today is the annual Nonfiction Picture Book 10 for 10, hosted by Cathy Mere from Reflect and Refine, Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning, and Julie Balen of Write at the Edge.… Continue reading

Taking Biography to the Next Level: The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra + An Interview + A Giveaway

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If you aren’t familiar with this delightful biography of Sun Ra by Chris Raschka, you should be. Learn about the ways that this book is a perfect mentor text, and hear about the writing process from the author.

Biographies: Creating Connections

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Writers of biographies must draw their readers into the story.

Biographies with Heart

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Using mentor texts and a notebook entry to think about biographical writing

Not Just Your Run-of-the-Mill Biography Unit Study

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4th Grade Teacher (& Slicer) Noor Shammas writes about her students’ Community Member Biography Project.

A Biography for Baseball Season + a Giveaway

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You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!   (The Back Story) by Author Jonah Winter             Though I do understand that what I’m being called on to do here is talk about my research process… Continue reading

Q&A with the Author of “Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?” + a Giveaway

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Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell is an expertly crafted biography that can be used to teach students a variety of craft moves during a biography writing unit of study.

Two Books to Honor MLK

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May tomorrow be more than just a day off from work and school. May tomorrow be a day when we commemorate the life of a great man who worked peacefully for justice and equality in this country. May the example set by Dr. King inspire us all.

Step into a biography with an author-illustrator team + a giveaway

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Every now and then a book comes along I want to tell everyone about. When I say everyone, I mean blog readers, my family, friends, teachers with whom I consult, and other parents.… Continue reading