crystal-clear clarity · expository · genre · personal essay

interviews + personal essays.

Dave Eldridge & I have been working on a personal essay unit in his sixth grade class.  As the week went on, I've gotten more & more excited about this unit of study. Dave wanted to included the opportunity for students to interview their family members from another generation.  At first I wasn't sure how… Continue reading interviews + personal essays.

choice · genre · katie wood ray · NCTE · units of study · writing workshop

Choice & Genre Studies

After I attended the November 17th NCTE Workshop entitled "Where Has All The Real Choice Gone?" my mind started turning. Ruth and I went out for cupcakes and coffee at Buttercup Bake Shop hours after attending together and we couldn't stop talking about the issue of choice in the writing classroom. Hence, after grappling with… Continue reading Choice & Genre Studies

genre · portfolio

Resume Writing

How many kids do you know that have resumes? Well, I now know five since I just helped to create resumes for five of my former students on Career Kids, which is a website that prepares students to take charge of their future. I'm starting to believe that resume writing is a type of technical… Continue reading Resume Writing