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Every summer I dream of my classroom. When considering my third grade writers, what do they need to grow and how can I provide classroom spaces for that?
All writers need mentors. Who are yours?
Today’s interview holds a host of insights into the way in which Megan Jean Sovern, author of The Meaning of Maggie, develops characters, brings themes to the fore, and plans plot trajectory. Suffice it to say, I came away more than a little inspired.
Awhile ago I was a 7th grade language arts teacher. My last year in the classroom I had one of the coolest classes that may have ever been compiled. It … Continue Reading Wow. Just Wow.
Or maybe this post should be called: “The Book Stack?” with a big bold question mark. Seriously, I have stacks and stacks and stacks of books we’ve read, books we … Continue Reading The Book Stack…
I was watching or listening or reading something this week — I don’t remember what — but the message was: You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. … Continue Reading I’ve been studying sentence structure…
Every year, just before December sets in, I ask the publishers who are kind enough to send review copies to me for books about Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanza so I … Continue Reading The Carpenter’s Gift + A Giveaway
I was recently offered a position as an adjunct professor starting in 2012. I will be teaching a graduate course about using children’s literature to teach writing. As I prepare … Continue Reading New Thinking About Mentor Texts + a Giveaway
Recently, I taught a minilesson about showing a story. In typical intermediate grade fashion, students were writing stories filled with struggles, but slim on creating a picture in the reader’s … Continue Reading Showing a Story
I have been in a lot of different writing workshops lately. Just this week I’ve been in 13 writing workshops and have met with 13 different teachers in either reflective … Continue Reading Highlights from the Week
When we think of using mentor texts when teaching writing workshop, often our first thought is to use them at the beginning of a unit of study so students can … Continue Reading Mentor Texts in the Midst of Writing
Check out the “Share a Story, Shape a Future” Blog Literacy Tour. This post relates to today’s theme, “Literacy My Way/Literacy Your Way,” of the Tour, which is hosted by … Continue Reading Letter to the Author: Part of the “Share a Story, Shape a Future” Blog Literacy Tour
Last weekend, when we were getting hit with the first big snowstorm, I was looking through our cable guide to find a movie. A film starring Sean Connery, Rob Brown, … Continue Reading Writing Inspiration
Last month I was consulting in a school with some primary grade teachers. They expressed concerns about infusing mentor texts into their classrooms. I provided them with some language for … Continue Reading Author Studies Help Children Write Better
I was just reviewing my notes from the course I took with Lucy at the TCRWP Summer Writing Institute last month. I came across a page of notes I took … Continue Reading Meta-Language for Talking About Texts