Are you looking for books to add to your Black History Month book list? Are you looking for mentor texts to teach your students certain writing crafts? You can add Seeds of Freedom: The… Continue reading
If you aren’t familiar with this delightful biography of Sun Ra by Chris Raschka, you should be. Learn about the ways that this book is a perfect mentor text, and hear about the writing process from the author.
Do you have students who are interested in math and science, but claim they hate writing or don’t know what to write about in their writer’s notebooks? Here are 10 newer picture books to inspire them to write about their passion.
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Thinking about your demonstration texts this way can give you some inspiration for multiple ways to teach the same minilesson, to the whole class, or to small groups as follow-up.
The way I felt about starting my first garden is probably how a lot of kids feel during writing workshop when we give mysterious directions to “add more detail” or “grab the reader’s interest.” The language many of us use during writing workshop probably makes perfect sense to adults–but for kids we need to be more explicit. Teaching just by telling is not enough.
This book will serve many purposes in your writing workshop, not the least of which is a good laugh. Comment on the post to enter the giveaway!
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
What picture books pack a punch for you in the workshop? Here are seven titles that are sure to give you bang for your buck.
Assuming that children understand the elements of a story is assuming too much. These elements must be taught if they are meant to be used in the writing process.
Do you have students who claim they don’t know what to write about in their writer’s notebooks? Here are 10 new picture books to inspire them to write.
Inquiry-based centers introduce kids to mentor texts while helping them find their own mentor texts.
Tony Johnston and Wendell Minor’s new book, Sequoia, will be published later this month. Recently, both of them were gracious with their time and granted me interviews. Hear what they have to say about writing and illustrating. Get a sneak peek at this exquisite text you can use to infuse your students’ informational writing with poetry.
How do you help your students establish their identity as writers?
Need some inspiration to write? Fall into a great book and read like a writer!
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires will help you to initiate a conversation with about the importance of possessing a growth mindset. It’s also a fantastic mentor text for writing workshop!
A recent visit to San Francisco inspired me to think about oral story telling, publishing, an persuasive writing. Here are five things my trip left me thinking about. PLUS, leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a copy of a new picture book from Chronicle Books.
Find out which five, NEW picture books I’m fawning over this Friday.