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 … Continue Reading Four Mentor Texts to Nurture the Relationship Between a Writer and a Notebook: Notebooks as a Writers Tool
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 … Continue Reading Notice & Note and Memoir: When Reading Workshop Meets Writing Workshop
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 … Continue Reading Teaching memoir: Views from sixth and seventh grade
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 … Continue Reading Three “just right” texts to investigate the craft of memoir.
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 … Continue Reading An Exquisite Touchstone Text for Memoir
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 … Continue Reading Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Footprints in the Sand.
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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 … Continue Reading Emotional & Truthful: That’s What Memoir Is!
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 … Continue Reading Memoir Inspiration
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 … Continue Reading What’s Next?
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 … Continue Reading Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Getting Laney.
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 … Continue Reading My M.M. Post
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 … Continue Reading It’s just another Memoir Monday, oh-uh-wo…