Category Archive: writing workshop

WN ENTRY: This Work Matters!

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“Responding to Poetry” – Form Evolution

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Kate and I have been going back-and-forth with “the best” format we can use for getting our kids to start responding to poetry. After something didn’t work as well with my fourth graders… Continue reading

What do you notice about this poem?

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Brainstorming About "Pencils" by Barbara Esbensen Originally uploaded by teachergal Since I came back today, my kids only had one day’s worth of formal poetry instruction. Hence, I wanted to spend some time… Continue reading

Writing Workshop Teacher – Reflection

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A few days ago Ruth blogged about “end of the year reflections,” where she posted a link to her wiki where one could download an end of the year teaching reflection about Writing… Continue reading

Meme.

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Stacey tagged me, so here it goes. 1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. 2. Each player answers the questions about themselves. 3. At the end of the post,… Continue reading

Rubric: Memoir Unit of Study

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When I woke up this morning, I realized I never created an assessment rubric for memoir! My first thought was :How could I forget to do that!??! My second thought was: The Publishing… Continue reading

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

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Draft II: A Letter Back to a Student Originally uploaded by teachergal This note is a response to a student who turned-in her second draft yesterday. She did a phenomenal job mentoring herself… Continue reading

Meme

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Bonnie tagged me for a meme, so here goes! 1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. 2. Each player answers the questions about themselves. 3. At the end of… Continue reading

Structure

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Last week I blogged about the three structures memoir writing I’m teaching my students. Seeing as they’re all walking around saying, “I need more beads,” or “I’m not sure if my car is… Continue reading

Sight Words

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I’m very good about posting our class’s vocabulary words on a classroom bulletin board, but I’ve never had a list of high-frequency words up on the wall. I’m starting to think I should,… Continue reading

Another Way of Responding to Student Writing

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My comments about a student’s memoir (draft one) Originally uploaded by teachergal This is the other way I respond to my students’ drafts for all assignments. I always attach a short narrative with… Continue reading

SOLSC: Mini Courses

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Hummos, Pita, and Turkish Apricots Originally uploaded by teachergal Mini Courses began yesterday at my school. I landed up having eight kids in my handmade card making mini course. I had a FABULOUS… Continue reading

M-F? 8-3? Ha!

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Sunday To Do List Originally uploaded by teachergal Don’t ever let anyone get away with telling you that teaching is an 8 – 3 job. This is my to-do list, which I created… Continue reading

Trusting Me With the “Stuff” of Their Lives

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I was out due to the extreme amount of neck pain I had yesterday. Therefore, when I returned to school this morning, I found the students’ work trays brimming with papers waiting to… Continue reading

happy may.

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“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is… Continue reading

Poetry Portfolio Guidelines

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My colleagues and I met during our Common Planning Time today and solidified this year’s Poetry Portfolio Guidelines, which is an adaptation of what my fifth graders did last year. We’re going to… Continue reading

Gearing Up for Poetry

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Poetry Portfolio Originally uploaded by teachergal It’s May. National Poetry Month is over. However, that means that I’m just three weeks away from the start of our final unit of study: POETRY! 🙂… Continue reading

Who Is Responsible?” Literacy and Education for All

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This weekend has been about me floating on Cloud Nine! First we heard about NCTE. Then, this evening I found out my proposal to present at the Fall 2008 NEATE (New England Association… Continue reading

Slight Tweaking

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I did some slight tweaking to our memoir unit of study. This is this year’s “final” version. Session 1: Writers read and listen to student memoirs and then write in order to inspire… Continue reading

P.D.

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OceanCliff Originally uploaded by teachergal I was completely inspired by my surroundings today when I attended a day-long professional development session with my colleagues at OceanCliff in Newport. The drive out there was… Continue reading