Have you wanted to be a more responsive writing teacher, but weren’t sure how to go about doing it? Melanie Meehan and Kelsey Sorum’s new book provides a framework to help you hone a more child-centered apporach to the teaching of writing.
Jen Bryant is a biographer whose recently released picture book, Above the Rim, is a worthy mentor text. Jen stops by TWT to chat with Stacey about some of the most important things kids can keep in mind when they’re researching and writing stories about famous people or everyday heroes. Watch the interview, look through some excerpts from her newest picture book biography, and then leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball.
Prepare yourself for some exquisite words to get your writing week off to a wonderful start.
4th grade teacher and published author, Kate Narita, answers my questions today about being a writer and an educator who is currently in the classroom. Be sure to comment for a chance to win a copy of Kate’s book 100 Bugs! A Counting Story, a class set of bookmarks, and a 15 minutes Skype with Kate!
Reinvigorate Your Classroom by Putting Kids First: An Interview with Christine Hertz and Kristi Mraz
Learn how Hertz and Mraz’s newest book, Kids 1st from Day 1, can impact your writing workshop.
Anyone who knows me in real life knows how concerned I’ve been about the state of affairs in our country. I’ve been making phone calls, signing petitions, and showing … Continue Reading A Conversation with Amy June Bates & Juniper Bates + a Book Giveaway
As educators, we are uniquely positioned to teach children to respect and love each other. We have the power to show them how to make the world a better place. We can shape the next generation of children so they will choose to be accepting of people who look different, have a different set of beliefs, or originate from a different cultural background. This is an enormous responsibility, but we are fortunate if we can do this work to bring about change in our corners of the world.
Using students’ writing as mentor texts builds kids’ self-esteem and lifts the level of writing of every other student in the room.
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.
Tony Johnston and Wendell Minor’s new book, Sequoia, will be published later this month. Recently, both of them were gracious with their time and granted me interviews. Hear what they have to say about writing and illustrating. Get a sneak peek at this exquisite text you can use to infuse your students’ informational writing with poetry.
Learn about Barry Lane’s newest book, Force Field for Good and enter for the giveaway!
Today’s interview holds a host of insights into the way in which Megan Jean Sovern, author of The Meaning of Maggie, develops characters, brings themes to the fore, and plans plot trajectory. Suffice it to say, I came away more than a little inspired.
I’m always looking for exemplary informational mentor texts. When Under the Freedom Tree crossed my desk, I knew I found one I wanted to share with you. It’s the story of … Continue Reading Interview with Susan VanHecke + a Giveaway
An interview with Author Germano Zullo + a giveaway of his new book, Line 135.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal provides insight into her new word play book. Chronicle Books offers a giveaway of the book to one reader who comments on this post.
Like you, I read lots of books. One of my favorite authors has long been Patricia MacLachlan, who I believe is one of the most exquisite writers of our time. … Continue Reading Q&A with Patricia MacLachlan + a Giveaway
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved books about bears. Therefore, when I picked up Goldilocks and Just One Bear, which feels like the sequel to “Goldilocks and … Continue Reading Chatting with Leigh Hodgkinson + a Giveaway
I’ve been thinking about student engagement in writing workshop for the past couple of weeks. I started thinking about it as I was reading Guy-Write, Ralph Fletcher’s new book. My … Continue Reading The Secret Ingredient to Creating Engaged Writers
Anyone who has ever read Ralph Fletcher’s books for young writers (e.g., A Writer’s Notebook, How Writers Work, Live Writing), will find his newest book, Guy-Write: What Every Gut Writer … Continue Reading Guy-Write: Chatting About Male Writers with Ralph Fletcher
This week I had the opportunity to interview author John Claude Bemis. This is is latest book: I asked him about notebook work and his response led me to a … Continue Reading Deeper Thinking About Notebook Work