Uvalde: Where We Are & What We Do Next

Since 2007, I've refrained from sharing my political views on this blog. After all, TWT is a blog about the teaching of writing. However, I'm not about to stay silent when students and teachers have been murdered in their school building once again.

giveaway · mentor texts · politics · social studies · writing

Behind the Scenes at the White House: A Q&A with Nonfiction Author Katherine L. House

Just in time for Presidents' Day, I chatted with nonfiction author Katherine L. House about her recent book, White House for Kids. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of her book.

mentor texts · politics · writing workshop

Vote for Me + a Giveaway

If you're a political junkie like me, then you love presidential election years.  Seriously, I live for election night coverage... it's my Super Bowl!  (I'm not kidding.  I have laid in bed late at night and checked my iPhone just to find out if returns came back from close-to-call caucuses and primaries earlier this year.) … Continue reading Vote for Me + a Giveaway

NWP · politics

NWP: Call for Action

The education funding bill that relates to the National Writing Project (NWP) will be marked up in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee this week.  Please contact your senators to request continued support for NWP funding in the Fiscal Year 2011 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS and ED) Appropriations Bill.  If your… Continue reading NWP: Call for Action

education · friday poetry · poetry · politics

Educational Policy on Poetry Friday

The Conventions are over. As Americans, we've heard a lot of rhetoric and many attacks -- on both sides. I feel each of us, as teachers, must inform ourselves about the educational policies of both candidates so that each of us can make an informed decision about the policies that will affect our everyday lives… Continue reading Educational Policy on Poetry Friday