Category Archive: voice

NCTE 2018: Here We Come!

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Here’s a peek at the dates and times three members of our co-author team will be presenting at NCTE this weekend.

Rethinking the “I-Rule”

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Many of us were taught that first person pronouns had no place in academic writing. But is that rule still being followed by professional writers?

The Words You Write First Are Anyone’s Words

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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.

What’s Your Writing Tic?

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Read about writers’ tics, and share your own.

Q&A with the Author of “Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?” + a Giveaway

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Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell is an expertly crafted biography that can be used to teach students a variety of craft moves during a biography writing unit of study.

GUEST BLOG POST: Say It Like a Writer

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Karren Colbert is an educational consultant and founder of Write Brained Learning.  She works with elementary teachers across the country and also presents at state and national conferences. Karren blogs at The Write Brained… Continue reading

Voice Matters

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Jacques Steinberg, an education correspondent for The New York Times, appeared on “The Today Show” yesterday morning.  He talked with Natalie Morales about college essays that worked and didn’t work at some of… Continue reading

Reading-Writing Connections: Focus on Conventions

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Here’s a link to the final document that focuses on how to lift the level of your students’ conventions by using The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg.  (If you haven’t seen the draft I… Continue reading

Yo-Ho-Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me!

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Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day (link takes you to Wikipedia; here is the official site).  Next to Christmas, this may just be my favorite!  🙂  A little known secret is that… Continue reading

WN ENTRY: What do we do when we find ourselves repeating history?

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“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” My high school History Teacher, Tom Wilcox, didn’t originate that phrase, but he repeated it to us quite a few times during tenth… Continue reading

Poetry Pass in Interactive Read Aloud

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We did a Poetry Pass for the first time during Interactive Read Aloud yesterday. I wanted to do it so that I could get the kids writing about a ‘heavy’ poem I presented… Continue reading

Voice/Silence — Poetry Friday

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Staying with the voice/silence theme my class has begun to think about during our Interactive Read Alouds, I give you this poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller on the first Poetry Friday of National… Continue reading

Of course you can write!

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My kids returned from lunch and recess looking like they were ready for a discussion, not a read aloud aloud. However, it was time for Interactive Read Aloud and we were supposed to… Continue reading

Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: #31

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I heard the clicking of heels on the hallway floor. The clicking was getting closer. It was Kate. She had come to talk about our upcoming Voice/Silence Interactive Read Aloud Text Set, for… Continue reading

Voice

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I just read a nifty article on Scholastic.com about teaching kids how to add voice to their writing. Click here to read it.