Maribeth Boelts · mentor texts · picture book

A Review of Kaia and the Bees

Kaia and the Bees is a picture book you can use as a mentor text in narrative writing units. The book contains many craft moves, which makes it perfect for using in minilessons, writing conferences, and strategy lessons. Learn more about the book and take a peek inside of it.

craft · Maribeth Boelts · mentor texts · picture book · reading-writing connections

Craft Tables for You — Part III of III

This week I'm sharing the Happy Like Soccer craft table my graduate students created.  My students worked in partnerships to flesh out explanations for craft moves they identified in Maribeth Boelts's book on the second day of class.   I asked them to create a craft table with a partner for two reasons.  First, I… Continue reading Craft Tables for You — Part III of III

authors · Maribeth Boelts · process · revision · writing

Author Visit

Maribeth Boelts gave an engaging and thought-provoking talk to my students and I last week.  She talked about so much more than just her books and her process -- though she did that too.  She talked a lot about writers and writing, which inspired me to pull out the manuscript I finished in November and… Continue reading Author Visit

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A Peek Inside My Grad Course

If you've ever taken a graduate course during summer session, then you know how much work there is to do.  The course I'm teaching at Penn State Harrisburg is no different.  My students (who are the most punctual group of people with whom I've ever worked) take their responsibilities seriously.  They are in the classroom… Continue reading A Peek Inside My Grad Course

craft · Maribeth Boelts · mentor texts · writing process

An Interview with Maribeth Boelts + a Giveaway of Happy Like Soccer

Maribeth Boelts will be the visiting author for the graduate course I'm teaching about children's literature and the teaching of writing this summer.  I'm SO EXCITED to meet her in person since I've been corresponding with her through e-mail and Facebook for the past four years.  Her writing has served as a mentor for many… Continue reading An Interview with Maribeth Boelts + a Giveaway of Happy Like Soccer