differentiation · goals · Kate Roberts · middle school · repetition · small group

Not All Writers Are the Same! Ideas for Differentiating in the Writing Workshop (Part 2)

The fact is, just like athletes that show up to the first day of practice, writers bring different skill sets.  Some arrive to middle school not knowing where to put a period, while others already know how paint vivid pictures with words that knock our socks off.  How do we plan for such a wide variety of writers?

interview · mentor texts · Q & A · Read Aloud · repetition

A Story About Adoption + A Book Giveaway

Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale, which is written by Karen Henry Clark and illustrated by Patrice Barton, was released last month.  When I received my review copy, from Knopf Delacorte Dell Young Readers Group, I began reading it and felt tears well-up in my eyes.  The lump in my throat stayed throughout the entire… Continue reading A Story About Adoption + A Book Giveaway

books · mentor texts · questions · repetition

Always: A Mentor Text for Writing Questions and Repetition

Always Written by Ann Stott Illustrated by Matt Phelan Published by Candlewick Press in August 2008 Review copy provided by the publisher Always is a touching tale about a young boy who questions whether his mother's love (for him) is unconditional. He asks his mother a series of questions that include whether she loves him… Continue reading Always: A Mentor Text for Writing Questions and Repetition

first day · friday poetry · poetry · repetition · Write: It's good for you!

Poetry Friday: An Original Poem About the First Day of School (for a teacher)

When It's the First Day of School When it's the first day of school, I'll wake up before my alarm clock buzzes. When it's the first day of school, I'll bounce out of bed instead of slamming-down on the snooze bar. When it's the first day of school, I'll remove the tags from the new… Continue reading Poetry Friday: An Original Poem About the First Day of School (for a teacher)