Cynthia Rylant · memoir · mentor texts · patricia machlachlan · ralph fletcher · sandra cisneros

Memoir Stuff On-Tap for This-Coming Week

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 can find it in-time. However, I'm unsure as to whether or not I want to share the memoir I wrote about my… Continue reading Memoir Stuff On-Tap for This-Coming Week

assessment · expository · Lenore Look · literary essay · on-demand piece · sandra cisneros · writing

Thinking about on-demand lit. essay writing

When my students return from vacation they're going to be spending a week in their notebooks before we start our memoir unit of study. (We're saving poetry for last since I didn't feel we HAD to do Poetry now just b/c it's National Poetry Month. I've always done it in April, but wanted to change-it-up… Continue reading Thinking about on-demand lit. essay writing

academic choice · jacqueline woodson · Kevin Henkes · Khadra Mohammed · literary essay · sandra cisneros

I’m a bit astonished!

I am creating a list of writing partnerships for my students' Literary Essay Unit of Study based on the texts they've selected to examine, from the packet of 11 texts I gave them, for their literary essay. Would you believe that only five of the six texts are represented from the packet?!!? I'm a bit… Continue reading I’m a bit astonished!

Cynthia Rylant · Eve Bunting · jacqueline woodson · Kevin Henkes · Khadra Mohammed · Lenore Look · literary essay · mentor texts · minilesson · sandra cisneros

Literary Essay Texts

During our common planning time today, my colleagues and I brainstormed a list of texts we're going to have students select from for their literary essays. Many people think that kids should pick whatever book they're reading, I've come to believe that having children select from a pre-selected set of short texts is better. A… Continue reading Literary Essay Texts