I’ve known Joy Write, Ralph Fletcher’s latest book that debuts today, was coming for awhile since he interviewed me about the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge, which he writes about in one of the book’s chapters. But when I had the opportunity to read his new book in its entirety, I was amazed by the possibilities I saw Ralph present to transform young writers’ attitudes towards writing through low-stakes writing.
More and more, I’ve been recognizing the need to give students some freedom in their writing lives. Can independent writing time be the answer?
Beginning to think about Exploratory Notebooks and easing into a research writing unit.
Putting the Exploratory Notebook into practice…
We can teach students about improving their writing process and to write with detail and voice by watching Guy Fieri on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
Two weekends ago, thanks to Bonnie Kaplan and the Hudson Valley Writing Project, I had the great pleasure of attending Ralph Fletcher’s presentation: “Making Nonfiction from Scratch: How Can We Give Students the Time, the Tools, and the Vision They Need in Order to Create Authentic Information Writing?” I knew it would be a great morning of learning …
Have you ever banned a topic from your writing workshop? If you have, you’re not alone…but you may want to think twice about that policy.
In addition to the link you leave to your slice today, would you mind sharing how teaching writing workshop is better when you’re a teacher who is also a Writer?
If you start the adult challenge no later than Monday, March 4th and properly link your slice of life stories to the daily call for slice of life stories through March 31st, then you will be eligible to win a copy of What a Writer Needs, Second Edition.
Anyone who has ever read Ralph Fletcher’s books for young writers (e.g., A Writer’s Notebook, How Writers Work, Live Writing), will find his newest book, Guy-Write: What Every Gut Writer Needs to Know… Continue reading
A record number of people left comments about Ralph Fletcher and his new book Mentor Author, Mentor Texts: Short Texts, Craft Notes, and Practical Classroom Uses (Heinemann, 2011). A special thank you to… Continue reading
This week’s guest blog post is written by Lynnelle Snowbarger who is in her tenth year of teaching fifth grade in the Jenks Public Schools. A frequent participant in the Slice of Life… Continue reading
Caroline Gonzalez began her teaching career in New York City. During her 15 years in New York, she taught K, 1, 2, Transitional Bilingual, and Reading Recovery. She has completed her fifth year… Continue reading
I was rereading A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You for pearls of wisdom to lend to one of the reluctant writers in my classroom this evening. Here are some of those… Continue reading
I attended the Teachers College Summer Institute on the Teaching of Writing last week. I’ll be blogging about it A LOT in the days (probably weeks, since I have about 100 pages of… Continue reading
I had the privilege of hearing Ralph Fletcher speak about writing memoir today. He said a few things that resonated with me about why we write memoir and about how to create memorable… Continue reading
My Summer (Professional) Reading Originally uploaded by teachergal These four books have been sitting in my bookshelf for the past year begging to be read. I’ve thumbed through Using Literature to Enhance Writing… Continue reading
This week I’m going to pull-out a bunch of texts that are memoir-ish: When the Relatives Came, What You Know First, The House on Mango Street, and maybe even Marshfield Dreams if I… Continue reading
I’ve been a writing coach for four years now. My arm was gently twisted at the end of the school year when I was planning on looping my seventh graders into eighth grade. … Continue reading