Category Archive: writer’s notebook

A Scavenger Hunt

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Last week I talked with a group of intermediate teachers about writers’ notebooks. We discussed the importance of writers’ notebooks to the life of a writer, as well as how to get them… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: Weaving the “Slice of Life” Routine into Writing Workshop

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Tara Smith teaches writing workshop, Language Arts and Social Studies to sixth graders at a middle school in suburban New Jersey.  Before she was a teacher, she was an editor first at the… Continue reading

{Discover. Play. Build.} Character Wants

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One of the best ways to get to know characters (or people in general) is to figure out what they want. Often these wants drive our stories Whether you are crafting a fiction… Continue reading

{Discover. Play. Build.} More on Maps

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Last week… Stacey blogged about updating heart maps. (See everything we’ve blogged about heart maps here.) B. blogged about hand lists. I was reminded about writing close to the bones. I kept thinking… Continue reading

Facebook Event – Day 5

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Our Stenhouse Facebook Event concludes today with a final downloadable and printable writing tip is entitled “Record-Keeping Systems That Make Sense for You.” You can find this tip on our Facebook Event.  Here’s… Continue reading

Updating Your Map

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The navigation system I have in my car is three years old.  Considering there’s been a great deal of construction in an area I travel to frequently, my GPS doesn’t do a great… Continue reading

Facebook Event – Day 2

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Our Stenhouse Facebook Event continues today.  Today’s downloadable, printable writing tip is entitled “Collecting Bits of Life.” You can find this tip on our Facebook Page.  Here’s what you need to do to… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: Writer’s Notebooks: Traveling as a Pathway to Writing More (for You!)

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Sarah Mulhern Gross has been a middle school language arts teacher and currently teaches 9th and 12th grade English.  She has a keen interest in young adult fiction and nonfiction and strives to… Continue reading

Happy 4th + {Discover. Play. Build.}

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To anyone celebrating today, we hope you are enjoying all of the good stuff of Independence Day: Watermelon, grilled meals, corn on the cob, and the blessings of freedom. The {Discover. Play. Build.}… Continue reading

Fear as Inspiration {Discover. Play. Build.}

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One of the basics I’ve stumbled across while writing fiction is to know what your characters’ fears are. Often tension is built around fear, making stories weave around and get to the heart… Continue reading

All-Write Reflection + {Discover. Play. Build.}

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Sometimes when an experience seems so big it is hard to focus a reflection. Sometimes it is hard to settle the thoughts and find the meaning. Sometimes it is difficult to even know… Continue reading

{Discover. Play. Build.} What’s holding you back?

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There are a million reasons why we don’t have time to write. What are yours? What is keeping you from putting words on the page?Today take some time to think about the things… Continue reading

Sundays for the Soul: Get Ready

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Last Monday I wrote something on a whim…in a blog post…about offering a writing prompt. Your responses have had me thinking all week. Thoughts like this: Can I offer worthy prompts? Can I offer… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: My (Wanna Be) Writing Life–and How It Changed My Work with Kids

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Ruth Metcalfe infuses her classroom with joyful and purposeful teaching. She is passionate about teaching and learning, and loves thinking about how theory looks when put into practice in the classroom—the place where… Continue reading

Start a Notebook (Or Dust Off an Old One)

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Summer always gives me a chance to reflect on my practice in a little more relaxed kind of way. For one thing, I’m pretty much caught up with my school work. This doesn’t… Continue reading

Bits of This & That

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Remember this letter that Allie sent to Eve Bunting last fall along with The Ghostly Scary Mystery she wrote dedicated to Eve Bunting? Allie got a response! Yes, there was a form letter,… Continue reading

Noticing the World

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Last week, when the sun finally made an appearance on Friday afternoon, Christi and I ventured outside with her second graders and their notebooks. In the minilesson we talked about learning to write… Continue reading

Don’t Fall Apart Now!

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This-coming weeks marks the time of the year that I recall a few of my former students falling apart.  Why?  Thanksgiving, which marks the beginning of the holiday season, falls out in the… Continue reading

Answers to a Variety of Workshop-Related Questions

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When Ruth and I present, we always leave time for teachers to turn and talk.  Our Monday morning session at KSRA was much smaller than our Sunday afternoon session, which meant we could… Continue reading

Highlights from the Week

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I have been in a lot of different writing workshops lately. Just this week I’ve been in 13 writing workshops and have met with 13 different teachers in either reflective practice meetings or… Continue reading