September 11th

Getting Ready for the Tenth Anniversary of September 11th

It's rare for me to read the "Sunday Business" section of The New York Times.  I'm more of a "Sunday Review," "Sunday Styles," front section, "Metropolitan," "Travel," and "Book Review" (in that order) kind of person.  However, as I was searching for the "Sunday Review" section this past weekend, the "Sunday Business" section's front page… Continue reading Getting Ready for the Tenth Anniversary of September 11th

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Remembering: Nine Years Later

A view of the Lower Manhattan Skyline on the evening of September 11th, 2010 (from Jersey City, NJ): From  09-11-10 I am one of the New Yorkers who did not personally lose a family member or close friend on Tuesday September 11th, 2001.  Nine years later, I remember the innocent people who died or were… Continue reading Remembering: Nine Years Later

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Remembering September 11th

If you teach eighth grade or younger, it is highly unlikely that your students personally remember the events of September 11; many of our students weren't alive when the attacks occurred. For me, that's tough to get my mind around. The day burned a vivid memory on my brain. As teachers, it is our duty to… Continue reading Remembering September 11th

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Specific Examples of the Power of Three

Last week I wrote about the power of three in writing.  I felt my post lacked specific examples of what this looks like in published writing.  So, I looked back at Carmen Agra Deedy's newest book,  14 Cows for America (written in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah), which has examples where she writes in threes.… Continue reading Specific Examples of the Power of Three

poetry · September 11th · writing

Writing About Tragedy

The recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai reminded me of how fragile life is. Stories of everyday people who were visiting and working in Mumbai, such as the Brooklyn couple who were held hostage and later killed, affected me in a way I didn't think I was ready to write about. Tragic events are exceedingly difficult… Continue reading Writing About Tragedy

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Poetry Friday: A Little Billy Collins For You

Bonnie mentioned a Billy Collins Poem, "The Names," in a comment she left yesterday. While he's one of my favorite poets (new favorites), I have to admit that I didn't know about this one. In case you fall into the same category, then here is part of it: The Names Yesterday, I lay awake in… Continue reading Poetry Friday: A Little Billy Collins For You

September 11th · slice of life · stories · wn entry

WN Entry: I Am Amazed…

I Am Amazed is written and illustrated by Jodi Hills. It's a book that pays tribute to the people in our everyday lives that we often look past and recognizes the beauty within them. My former principal read it to the entire staff as a way to tip his hat to all of us for… Continue reading WN Entry: I Am Amazed…

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A Day of Rememberance

Yesterday I read The Man Who Walked Between the Towers to my class. They were dazzled and amazed by Petit's Walk. I briefly answered questions about September 11th, 2001 since the book does mention that the Towers no longer exist. Today, I will read Fireboat and talk about heroism. Teaching about September 11th, 2001 is… Continue reading A Day of Rememberance

September 11th · time for kids · writing

Reacting to the World

I shared my September 11th WN Entry with my class today since my teaching point was: Writers react to things that are happening in the world around them by writing long about events in their writer's notebook. I was a bit nervous to share it with them since it paints a very vivid picture of… Continue reading Reacting to the World

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ruth’s wn entry: september 11

As I was getting dressed this morning, wearing red, white, & blue in honor of September 11 and placing my flag pin on my shirt, I thought I want to write an entry about today and compare it to the entries I've made for the past six years about September 11.  As often happens, when… Continue reading ruth’s wn entry: september 11

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Stacey’s WN Entry: September 11th

Today is September 11th. My heart aches to be back in the City that I stood in on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001. I will never forget the words, "A plane flew into the World Trade Center," as I sat at a job interview at a beauty and fashion headhunter. (Remember, this was six years ago...… Continue reading Stacey’s WN Entry: September 11th