This week I launched a REVIEW UNIT in several third grade classrooms. On the first day I asked, “Have you ever heard of a review?” Heads shook. “Okay, then, let … Continue Reading REVIEW Unit Launch
Karen Kaufman Orloff wrote I Wanna Iguana, which quickly became one of my favorite texts to use with my students to teach voice in persuasive letter writing. She’s out with … Continue Reading A Persuasive Touchstone Text
Dropping a Stamped Persuasive Letter Into the Outgoing Mail Basket IS a Form of Publishing! Originally uploaded by teachergal Eleven of my kids showed up to school on this very … Continue Reading Some Executives Have Some Mail Coming to Their Offices Now!
11 out of the 17 students who were present yesterday turned-in their drafts. Nine of them will be getting customized letterhead. Good number, right? I found that the packet of … Continue Reading Touchstone Texts Helped
Tuesday’s News & Announcements Chart Originally uploaded by teachergal As you know, Sunday’s are for chart-making in my home. I just finished creating this week’s News & Announcements Charts (for … Continue Reading Letterhead
In the past week, I’ve managed to squeeze-in some time to read through two professional books, both of which I picked up while I was at NCTE. Writing to Persuade: … Continue Reading Two Exceptional Professional Books
Prompts for Writing About Reading Originally uploaded by teachergal I’ve been cranking-out charts for the past hour or so: News & Announcements Charts, as well as strategy charts. Just thought … Continue Reading Sundays are for chart-making.
Week of December 1st, 2008 Originally uploaded by teachergal I just finished planning out the upcoming week and wow… there’s a lot going on! However, when I realized my kids … Continue Reading It’s going to be a busy week!
This afternoon, I’m going to teach a Social Studies Lesson about voting I found on Scholastic.com. It’s a lesson about having kids persuade adults to vote in a non-partisan way. … Continue Reading A Little Copywriting
Check out this Providence Journal article about a student who wrote a persuasive letter to Lowe’s and was granted a response bigger than he ever imagined. Bernardo Garcia wanted mulch … Continue Reading Wow!
Here’s what I’m working on now… Originally uploaded by teachergal Last year one of my fifth graders, Lauren, wrote a persuasive letter to a very large yearbook company’s CEO asking … Continue Reading A Labor of Love: Because My Students’ Lives and Experiences Matter
This afternoon I met up with A & her mom at the Barnes & Noble on Bald Hill Road in Warwick. They spotted me getting a “Tall, skim, no-whip, white … Continue Reading Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day #30
I baked two kinds of cupcakes in honor of my students’ achievement. If this doesn’t say “I’m proud of your accomplishment,” then I don’t know what does! Dotted Decorations Tiny … Continue Reading Hooray! Hooray! My students are publishing tomorrow!
Here’s a great link to some persuasive letter lessons, complete with a business letter template, which I’ve used with my students since I started teaching, over at Scholastic.com. True, it’s … Continue Reading Persuasive Letter Lessons
Each and every Sunday I create my News & Announcements Charts for the week (i.e., for Morning Meeting). I just created one that I really like for this-coming Friday. It … Continue Reading News & Announcements Chart
A few folks have left comments asking for resources for teaching persuasive letter writing. I promised to post the rubric I created once it was finished. It’s now complete and … Continue Reading Persuasive Letter Writing Rubric
I tried to announce a working snack time, like I always do, at the end of Writing Workshop today. However, my students didn’t budge. Every single child in the classroom … Continue Reading Amazing Reasoning
Ideas Galore Originally uploaded by teachergal I disseminated a packet of four touchstone texts, written by my former students, that will serve as mentors for my students to use in … Continue Reading Ideas Galore!!!
I’m starting one of my favorite units of study tomorrow morning in Writing Workshop: PERSUASIVE LETTERS! It’s been a favorite for the past three years due to the amazing things … Continue Reading Gearing up for persuasive letter writing
Last week I blogged about a Recipe for Conferring Success. I’ve done some more thinking about it in recent days and am left pondering the following questions for myself as … Continue Reading One notebook or many?