Category Archive: stories

Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning

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Take a little tour with me as I share highlights from this new book by Katie Egan Cunningham.

Starting with Story

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I recently had the pleasure of attending the 25th Annual Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery Conference in Illinois.  One of the sessions I attended was led by the brilliant and endearing Christopher Lehman.  His session centered… Continue reading

A Mini-Crash-Course on Oral Storytelling

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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… Continue reading

Introducing Throwback Thursday

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Peruse some of our past posts that will help you and your students find more things to write about.

I Didn’t Expect…

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As many of you know, I’ve been a busy girl this week. I was at Judson University’s Literacy in Motion conference on Wednesday speaking about my work with celebrations. Then yesterday I was… Continue reading

Happy Chanukah + a Book Giveaway

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There are no shortage of books on Chanukah.  Despite the fact that Chanukah is not one of the major Jewish holidays, there are lots of books, some of which aren’t so good, written… Continue reading

Stories are essential to our lives.

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Yesterday afternoon I attended the Elementary Section Get-Together at the Chicago Hilton. The get-togethers are always fun to attend since they provide me with the opportunity to catch up with people like Karen… Continue reading

Storytelling

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One of the ways Martha Horn suggests launching workshop is to spend a significant amount of time steeping the workshop in storytelling. In fact, she suggests every child tell a story aloud to… Continue reading

Stories Matter

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“If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.” —Barry Lopez Stories… Continue reading

Storytelling Helps Kids in Many Ways and Meets the Standards!

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To date, 37 states and the District of Columbia have voluntarily adopted the Common Core State Standards.  Many teachers of writing are nervous about the adoption of the  Standards since there is a… Continue reading

Listen Like a Writer: A Guest Blog Post by Annie Campbell

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Annie Campbell is a third grade teacher in Richmond, Virginia.  She keeps a blog, Write Now in Room 204, which is a place for her to share her class’s daily experiences along with… Continue reading

Share Your Story

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Stories are as unique as the people who tell them, and the best stories are those in which the ending is a surprise. At least, that’s what Travis Parker recalled his dad telling… Continue reading

If you have a few minutes

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In the clickey-click way of the Internet, I found myself here.  Storypeople is filled with whimsy, some art, stories and poetry that will make you smile.  I found myself lost in Storyland. The Wonder… Continue reading

Owning Your Story.

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I was talking with a friend and colleague of mine, Deb Gaby.  She was commenting about how often in life when we begin to think differently, this new awareness crops up in many… Continue reading

WN Entry: I Am Amazed…

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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… Continue reading

Ruth’s Student Story: Arielle.

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One day I was packing my bag, getting ready to go to another school when I looked up to notice Arielle was still sitting at her desk, staring at me.  The rest of… Continue reading

Ruth’s SS1 (Brian): I don’t wanna write.

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I don’t wanna write a student story, is the thought going through my mind right now (and because I live with two little girls there may even be a bit of a whine… Continue reading

Student Story #1: I Need to Hold Your Hand

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I’ve taught fourth or fifth grade in low-SES communities ever since I worked as a fifth grade teacher at P.S. 72 in Spanish Harlem when I was a graduate student completing my first… Continue reading

Story Telling in 104 Degree Heat

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Yesterday we headed to Massachusetts for our final field trip of the year. We were supposed to visit the Sculpture Park at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln. However, it was going to be… Continue reading