I’m a big advocate of letter writing. It is, perhaps, my favorite genre. There’s something about holding a personalized letter in one’s hand that feels special. A few years ago, … Continue Reading Letters of Hire
A few days ago I received two e-mails from one of my former fifth graders that I hadn’t seen since the final day of school in June 2007. He’s now … Continue Reading Preserve Your Students’ Year in Writing & in Pictures
This is the final post of The Big Picture Series. (Ruth stated hers was the last, but after I received some mail from her today, I decided we needed to … Continue Reading The Big Picture: Happy Mail!!!
FYI: The National Writing Project and Google are sponsoring a letter-writing campaign for high school students to send letters to the presidential candidates. (WHY NOT ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLERS? I … Continue Reading Letters to the Next President
…handmade welcome cards to all of my students. This is what the backs of them look like: I kept it simple this year… a short note about me being their … Continue Reading Getting ready to send…
Four of my students took charge of the library problem in my classroom today when my kids purged their desks of everything. Over 50 books were missing and they were … Continue Reading A Simple Thank You Note
Today might be one of a handful of times I will ever teaching Writing Workshop after lunch when my kids come back from dance. (I LOVE teaching writing in the … Continue Reading Flipping My Schedule Upside Down
Here’s what I’m working on now… Originally uploaded by teachergal Last year one of my fifth graders, Lauren, wrote a persuasive letter to a very large yearbook company’s CEO asking … Continue Reading A Labor of Love: Because My Students’ Lives and Experiences Matter
This year will be the third year that I’ve had my students write me letters right before I do their final report card. I’ve come to believe that these letters … Continue Reading End of the Year Letters from Students to Me
The art of a thank you note… Miss Annechini, my sixth grade teacher, taught us how to write “Bread and Butter Notes,” which has stuck with me for years. However, … Continue Reading Writing Thank You Notes
No, I’m not proposing (yet another) challenge for you to do on your blog (to be linked here w/good ol’ Mr. Linky!). However, I’m proposing that you challenge yourself to … Continue Reading Card-Writing Challenge
This afternoon I met up with A & her mom at the Barnes & Noble on Bald Hill Road in Warwick. They spotted me getting a “Tall, skim, no-whip, white … Continue Reading Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day #30
Here’s a great link to some persuasive letter lessons, complete with a business letter template, which I’ve used with my students since I started teaching, over at Scholastic.com. True, it’s … Continue Reading Persuasive Letter Lessons
Each and every Sunday I create my News & Announcements Charts for the week (i.e., for Morning Meeting). I just created one that I really like for this-coming Friday. It … Continue Reading News & Announcements Chart
A few folks have left comments asking for resources for teaching persuasive letter writing. I promised to post the rubric I created once it was finished. It’s now complete and … Continue Reading Persuasive Letter Writing Rubric
Ideas Galore Originally uploaded by teachergal I disseminated a packet of four touchstone texts, written by my former students, that will serve as mentors for my students to use in … Continue Reading Ideas Galore!!!