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Building a House of Fiction on a Foundation of Nonfiction

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.

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Snapshots From the NYSEC Conference

My time at the New York State English Council (NYSEC) Conference through snapshots!

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In Thanks: Books That Built a Writing Teacher

What are the books that have shaped you as a teacher of writing? Reflecting today, in thanks, for the authors and books that have influenced my life as a teacher.

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Writing Workshop is Hard Work

Last Thursday, I endeavored to explain writing workshop to parents in my district at Parent University. As I drove home after the presentation, I felt unsettled, like there had been a gap in what the parents were hoping to learn and what I delivered. What would you be sure to include in a presentation to parents on writing workshop?

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Some are older… Some are newer…

My Summer (Professional) Reading Originally uploaded by teachergal These four books have been sitting in my bookshelf for the past year begging to be read. I've thumbed through Using Literature to Enhance Writing Instruction and Reading Aloud Across the Curriculum, but haven't read them with the careful, close reading they deserve. All four books are… Continue reading Some are older… Some are newer…

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All-Write Summer Institute 2008: Day One

Today I've been able to soak up thinking and ideas and general good stuff from: Penny Kittle. Lester Laminack. Katherine Bomer. My, oh my! To say my brain is swirling would be an understatement. How do I even begin to capture my learning and thinking and growing? I think I'll begin a list of stuff… Continue reading All-Write Summer Institute 2008: Day One