Persuasive speech writing is a powerful way to show students their voices matter, to use the mandated curriculum as that springboard for thinking critically. But before my students begin to write speeches, there is work to be done.
Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story
In what ways have you pushed yourself to try a new type of writing or to share your ideas in a public way? In July, I pushed myself to write a keynote speech and learned lessons along the way.
The Words You Write First Are Anyone’s Words
Regardless of the genre, one of the most important things we can teach our students is how to write words that could come from them – and only them.
A Mini-Crash-Course on Oral Storytelling
It's been several months since I've written for Two Writing Teachers. In December my son was born, and I was on maternity leave until a few weeks ago. Then, in March I pushed aside all excuses and did the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Every day in the month of March I recruited my four year old daughter to tell… Continue reading A Mini-Crash-Course on Oral Storytelling
Excerpts from My Keynote
My keynote begins with a story about over-packing a diaper bag as a new mom and then pairing down the bag to the essentials once my daughter got older. From there, I talk about how I discovered that to be an effective teacher of writing, I had to be a Writer. My speech covers why I write, how to make time for a writing life, conquering the fear of writing, the Slice of Life Story Challenge, how to model writing from the heart, and the importance of putting writing at the center of everything we do in our classrooms.
Preparing a Keynote
The keynote speeches I'm preparing to deliver this summer have been on my mind for weeks. In an effort to craft inspiring speeches, I've been looking for some guidance so I move from outlining to writing the speeches.
Two Books to Honor MLK
May tomorrow be more than just a day off from work and school. May tomorrow be a day when we commemorate the life of a great man who worked peacefully for justice and equality in this country. May the example set by Dr. King inspire us all.
Raise Your Glass: The Making of a Wedding Toast
My brother-in-law is getting married this Sunday. Marc, my husband, is his brother's best man. As is tradition at most weddings, Marc will be delivering a toast at the reception. Last weekend Marc had a cohesive draft of the toast prepared. He asked me for some feedback. I read it through and was tempted to… Continue reading Raise Your Glass: The Making of a Wedding Toast
The Annual Pennsylvania Writing Institute
I've been spending quite a bit of time preparing for the morning session I'm leading at the Annual Pennsylvania Writing Institute in early August. I am honored to have the opportunity to be speaking about the practical matters of daily life in the writing workshop on Tuesday, August 2nd. Other speakers at this year's institute… Continue reading The Annual Pennsylvania Writing Institute
The whole toast
Here's what the entire wedding toast looked like (for those of you that emailed and asked me to post it): MY PART: You've come from as near as New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. From five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Upstate New York. You've driven here from Maryland and Washington, DC.… Continue reading The whole toast
Mentoring A Toast
Marc and I are eagerly awaiting our wedding. We've started writing a speech to our guests and parents. I decided to mentor myself after the way Lucy Calkins, my former professor and advisor, opens up each summer institute for the TCRWP. I think it's powerful. Thoughts? You’ve come from as near as New Jersey, Connecticut,… Continue reading Mentoring A Toast