Writers pause to notice the obvious and obscure moments in life. They preserve their memories in their notebooks by jotting words, tucking away photographs, ticket stubs, and other items that have left an… Continue reading
Let’s check in on a moment in Tara’s class from early November of last year as she shares connections between reading and writing workshop.
We were in the midst of a lively mentor text analysis of James Howe’s “Everything Will Be Okay” for our just-launched memoir unit. I was thrilled to see my sixth graders making note… Continue reading
Moving from personal narrative to memoir presents challenges and rewards for sixth and seventh graders – they are working with a very familiar genre (they’ve been writing personal narratives since kindergarten, after all),… Continue reading
I love our writing workshop shift from personal narrative to memoir. It comes at the perfect time of year: our notebooks have filled up with writing lists and entries, our weekly slice of… Continue reading
I’ve long enjoyed reading aloud from What You Know First and When the Relatives Came when teaching memoir. I now have another text, Grandma’s Scrapbook written by Josephine Nobisso and illustrated by Maureen… Continue reading
A week ago, I participated in a scrapbook challenge to document a part of my wedding that has yet to be recorded. I lifted a line from a song sung during the ceremony… Continue reading
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I created a checklist for my students to use before they publish their memoir. It reflects the Qualities of Good Writing I blogged about recently.
I’m teaching memoir right now. It falls into our schedule early this year… and I love it! On Friday I had four conferences, two of which my students didn’t follow through with, which… Continue reading
Need some inspiration for Memoir Monday? Need more reason to write your life? Maybe you’ve chosen write for your One Little Word? If so, read this Reader’s Digest article “5 Extra Memoir Excerpts.”
I received a question earlier this evening about what’s next in my Writing Workshop: What do you usually do next in writing workshop? I just finished persuasive writing, and this is the first… Continue reading
Earlier this week I wrote a quick write in my writer’s notebook about getting my cabbage patch kid. (Last week for Memoir Monday, I toyed with the So What? of writing about Laney.) I… Continue reading
I was teaching my kids a developing strategy (i.e., using time lines before you draft) today and created a timeline of the last time I went to Yankee Stadium. (I was feeling sentimental… Continue reading
Somehow I have the Bangles’ song, “Manic Monday,” rattling around in my head this morning. Truth be told, I was under the weather most of the day yesterday and could use one more… Continue reading
the first page of my new idea notebook Originally uploaded by teachergal Ruth’s Fierce Wonderings Post inspired me to take my M.M. Post in a completely different directions. I started a new notebook… Continue reading
I think nearly all of the Memoir Mondays participants are teachers. Hence, the reason my weekly charges are just for inspiration in case you need help coming up with an idea. I was… Continue reading
Last night I was looking through some of my original posts, trying to find the words to match a picture. Along the way, I ran across this post about when my brother and… Continue reading
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