Mentor texts are important co-teachers in the writing workshop! Here's an in-depth look at the mentor texts I talked about in a recent podcast. After you finish reading, be sure to leave a comment after on this post for a chance to win all ten of the featured books!
How do you broaden creativity while fostering story structure?
My students have been getting sparked by a character to develop believable stories in their realistic fiction unit.
Meet Lester Laminack at the corner of story and information. You’ll chat a while. He’ll introduce you to a couple of characters and walk with you through the South Carolina Lowcountry. And hopefully you’ll leave filled with new information.
Author Renee Watson writes books that mirror what is happening in our world. It is her way of saying to a reader, "Yes, I see it too. I see you."
Writing flash fiction can be liberating, exhilarating, and great writing process practice.
Looking for a way to end the writing year with transference, engagement, and noticeable growth? Choosing a familiar writing unit may be just the way.
Fiction is not a dream, nor is it guesswork. It is imagining based on facts, and the facts must be accurate or the work of imagining will not stand up. ---Margaret Culkin Banning
Remember this letter that Allie sent to Eve Bunting last fall along with The Ghostly Scary Mystery she wrote dedicated to Eve Bunting? Allie got a response! Yes, there was a form letter, but she also received a personal note from Eve. Wanna see the response? Click here. While getting to know characters, one fourth grader… Continue reading Bits of This & That
Last month at MRA, I listened to Jacqueline Woodson speak about her writing process. It wasn't the first time I heard her speak and I hope it won't be my last. She is one of the writers I consider as my personal mentor. Not to be over-dramatic, but listening to her last month changed my… Continue reading Plotting Short Fiction
Some of you know I've been dabbling with writing fiction for the past six months. I've also had the pleasure of leading a fiction writing unit of study in two different classrooms this school year. One of the things I'm noticing about myself as a fiction writer is a natural affinity for research. It's not… Continue reading Fiction + Research
“If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.” —Barry Lopez Stories matter. A lot. Here are some reasons why . . . Stories help us reflect on life and understand where we've been… Continue reading Stories Matter