I’ve been tinkering around with the picture books I’m going to bring when I speak at WordFest later this month. My presentation focuses on using recently published picture books as … Continue Reading My WordFest Mentor Text Stack Is Growing!
I’ve been trying to think through how to explain thinking in scenes to young writers in a way that makes it accessible. It seems they either write two scenes and … Continue Reading Scene Changes
Patricia Polacco has long been one of my favorite children’s authors. I’ve led author studies of her works with my former students in both reading and writing workshop. I have … Continue Reading Q&A with Patricia Polacco + a Giveaway
I’ve been working on a few sample minilessons to give my grad students next month when I start teaching “Children’s Literature in Teaching Writing.” I’ve been making tweaks to the … Continue Reading What do you think of this minilesson?
An eclectic little stack today. Click on the images to go to a link about the book. I’ve been enjoying books I can read a little here and a little … Continue Reading The Book Stack
Yesterday I heard James Kofi Annan tell his story of child slave to business man to freedom fighter for the children in Ghana. Check out this CNN video for a … Continue Reading Approaching Common Core + PARCC
This past week I’ve had several conversations with young writers about how to write something. Not the logistics of making letters or spelling words, but how to craft their writing … Continue Reading How to Write
“If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.” … Continue Reading Stories Matter
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
In narrative writing, it is difficult to shift from telling the story to showing the story. I’ve helped launch a fiction study in a couple of fifth grade classrooms this … Continue Reading Show Don’t Tell
Dialogue. It’s something we wish students would use purposefully inside of a piece of writing. Too often, when our students do write with dialogue, it sounds like this: “Hi,” I … Continue Reading Making Characters Talk
Today my students turned in their narratives. I couldn’t wait to read them, so I began today during my lunch. I was touched by their writing, and impressed by the … Continue Reading Assessing.
I was delighted to happen upon Deborah Hopkinson, who was signing books in the NCTE Exhibit Hall, on Saturday afternoon. I’ve used books of hers, such as Saving Strawberry Farm … Continue Reading Writing in Second Person… A Mentor Text by Hopkinson
This summer I heard Penny Kittle speak about using storyboards. This week I’ve tried them out in classrooms. They aren’t all that different from one of the ways I talk … Continue Reading Storyboards.
Narrative Feedback to a Student Originally uploaded by teachergal When we returned from Winter Recess I had my students complete self-evaluations of their Writer’s Notebooks. (They do this in the … Continue Reading Narrative Feedback to a Student
My colleague, Lori Dixon, directed me to this February 2008 Vanity Fairarticle, “Keys to the Kingdom” by Jim Windolf. It is a long article, but this quote especially highlights the … Continue Reading keeping interest.
I received a supplement with my students’ Time for Kids Magazines today. It was called “Writer’s Prompts: 36 Great Writing Ideas! Great writing starts with a great idea.” I’ve chosen … Continue Reading Writer’s Prompts
I went to the TCRWP Website in order to link my last post. While I was there I noticed that the K-8 Continuum for Assessing Narrative Writing has been posted … Continue Reading Assessing Narrative Writing