details · small moment · summer vacation · writing life

A Moment to Inspire Summer Writing

Consider this an invitation. An invitation to seek out the magic happening in your own environment. An invitation to fuel your writing life with small moments that help you to appreciate all that is worth writing about. An invitation to encourage a young writer (or a group of young writers) to do the same. 


Say What You Mean: Part Two

Tammi Myers wrote the following on our Facebook Page in response to the post I wrote on Tuesday: Sometimes we repeat jargon with the goal of being consistent with other grade levels- but that just gives us a class of kids who can parrot the terms with no real understanding. Tammi makes an excellent point. … Continue reading Say What You Mean: Part Two

character development · details · student work

What does she mean add details?

My daughter shook a paper in front my face, with her other hand on her hip she said, "I lost points because she [the teacher] said I have to add more details. How do you add more details to this?" I looked at her paper. At the top of the worksheet she wrote each of… Continue reading What does she mean add details?

details · mentor texts · picture book

It teaches precise details… AND it’s missing!

My copy of When It's the Last Day of School by Maribeth Boelts is missing. With the end of the school year being tomorrow, I'm a bit frantic about finding it. I'm sure it's at school, in my picture book bookshelf filed under "B" for "Boelts," however, I'm not 100% sure. Last year, when I… Continue reading It teaches precise details… AND it’s missing!