As I settled in my chair with a highlighter, pen, and sticky notes, I cracked open Crafting Writers K – 6 by Elizabeth Hale. I started reading and was soon … Continue Reading Professional Book: Crafting Writers K – 6 by Elizabeth Hale
Last week I wrote about the power of three in writing. I felt my post lacked specific examples of what this looks like in published writing. So, I looked back … Continue Reading Specific Examples of the Power of Three
I’ve been thinking a lot about conventions and their importance. Without proper conventions, how can a piece of writing hold its own? All of our young writers need to realize … Continue Reading Learning More About Conventions Through the Close-Study of a Text
I’ve been preparing for a p.d. session on conventions that I’m leading with one of my colleagues next Friday. Hence, I’m trying to look at picture books with an eye … Continue Reading Noticing Exclamation Points and Periods in a Published Text
I started reading Dan Feigelson’s Book Practical Punctuation: Lessons on Rule Making and Rule Breaking in Elementary Writing yesterday. It’s the first time I’ve sat down and read a book … Continue Reading Punctuation Is NOT An Editing Tool: It’s a Crafting Tool!
I’ve been working on a new craft table about Ahlberg’s Book The Pencil for the past couple of days. I hope to use this craft table in writing conferences with … Continue Reading Draft of a New Craft Table About Ahlberg’s The Pencil: A Work-in-Progress
In the past few months, I’ve analyzed a couple of picture books, Those Shoes and Sweet Smell of Roses , to determine the craft moves I can teach my students. … Continue Reading Unpacking Picture Books
Ruth just convinced me to sign up for a free online course called “Stories in Hand,” which you can read more about by clicking here. The course is a hybrid: … Continue Reading Stories in Hand
Jane Yolen published Take Joy: A Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft in 2006. However, the book just made its way into my classroom a few days ago. I perused … Continue Reading Writer’s Craft à la Jane Yolen
I was just reviewing my notes from the course I took with Lucy at the TCRWP Summer Writing Institute last month. I came across a page of notes I took … Continue Reading Meta-Language for Talking About Texts
I realize I’m a bit late to the “Those Shoes Party,” which is a touching text written by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Those Shoes was published … Continue Reading The Makings of a TRUE Mentor Text
I was perusing the Heinemann and Stenhouse Websites today looking for new books about the teaching of writing. I came across a text by Elizabeth Hale entitled Crafting Writers K-6. … Continue Reading Teaching Craft to Kids
I was on Bethany’s Blog this morning and came across a meme. Since I woke up around 4:00 a.m. this morning (couldn’t sleep), I decided to give it a whirl. … Continue Reading A Retrospective of Posts
I finished attaching ribbon, to the wooden boxes I painted, earlier this morning. I decided I had gotten enough practice painting practice. Therefore, it was time to bring out the … Continue Reading Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day 2
Touchstone Text: Knuffle Bunny Too — Craft Moves Chart Originally uploaded by teachergal One of the many books I’m going to use as a touchstone text is Knuffle Bunny Too: … Continue Reading Getting Ready to Launch a Short Fiction Unit of Study
I tried out the “One Little Word” Challenge and came up with this. Not great, but not bad for my first time participating, right? STILL: One Little Word Originally uploaded … Continue Reading STILL: One Little Word
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The purpose of Ruth’s other blog aims to inspire readers and writers. She definitely did that with me today! I decided that what I had already bought my Mom for … Continue Reading An Inspired Writer
Ruth is WAY more creative than I am. Therefore, she’s my inspiration when it comes to scrapbooking, creating living room wall displays (that’s a whole post in and of itself), … Continue Reading creative ways of publishing
Do you ever feel like you’re being pulled in different teaching directions — conventions and craft and process? Do you sometimes feel guilty when you’re teaching about craft that you … Continue Reading the balance of teaching writing.