Category Archive: writing workshop

Stacey’s Third of Eight Poems

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Nurturing a Poem with Two Voices Originally uploaded by teachergal First, I decided it would be appropriate for me to do some nurturing… after all, I want to make sure that anything I… Continue reading

A One Week Poetry Challenge: Day 3 of 8

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Ruth got me thinking about writing a poem for two voices, which I attempted once (and failed at). Hence, I modified my thinking about poems for two voices since I started thinking about… Continue reading

Stacey’s Second of Eight Poems

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My best friend had a baby on March 10th, 2008. The distance between us (she lives in Southern CT), coupled with my busy work schedule, meant that I didn’t get down to see… Continue reading

Stacey’s First of Eight Poems

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First Draft of A Recipe Poem Written by Me INGREDIENTS: 1 paper cut on the pinky from a Word Study Sheet 2 small cuts on the thumb from carelessness 3 painful paper cuts… Continue reading

Literary Essay Rubric

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I was debating whether or not I should create a Literary Essay Rubric before I got to work this morning or once I was there. I opted for creating it at home and… Continue reading

Draft Plans for Literary Essays

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My students are going to be drafting while I’m out of the room doing reading assessments this-coming Thursday. Hence, I’m a little bit panicked since I don’t like being out of the room… Continue reading

A Retrospective of Posts

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I was on Bethany’s Blog this morning and came across a meme. Since I woke up around 4:00 a.m. this morning (couldn’t sleep), I decided to give it a whirl. So, here I… Continue reading

Amaze Me!

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You know the student who always rushes through assignments? You know, that kid… the one who sacrifices quality to finish his/her work? Well, I thought one of my students was rushing through their… Continue reading

Immersion Begins Tomorrow

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I’ll begin immersing my students in the literary essay genre tomorrow. I’m fortunate to have had some wonderful students last year who graciously allowed me to share their essays with future students to-come.… Continue reading

MAKING KIDS FEEL BIG, NOT small.

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I had the pleasure of hearing Linda Christensen deliver the keynote address at today’s RIWP Spring 2008 Conference. Linda wrote a book entitled Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and… Continue reading

Peek Into My Classroom

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Some images that represent the writing-related things going on in my classroom. Enjoy the “tour!” (Many of these photos were taken by my students with my camera.) News & Announcement Chart Originally uploaded… Continue reading

Thinking Critically About Writing Workshop

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I wanted to reflect on some questions Stephanie Jones, one of my former T.C. professors and author of Engaged Intellectuals, presents at the end of chapter 11 in her book Girls, Social Class,… Continue reading

Units of Study

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polls – Take Our Poll

Working My Way Backwards

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I started a story mountain for my W.W. minilesson demo today. I started with the climax of the story: Then, I started working my way backwards: I’m hoping this will illustrate for my… Continue reading

Persuasive Letter Lessons

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Here’s a great link to some persuasive letter lessons, complete with a business letter template, which I’ve used with my students since I started teaching, over at Scholastic.com. True, it’s written for high… Continue reading

Amazing Reasoning

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I tried to announce a working snack time, like I always do, at the end of Writing Workshop today. However, my students didn’t budge. Every single child in the classroom stayed-put where they… Continue reading

Choice & Genre Studies

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After I attended the November 17th NCTE Workshop entitled “Where Has All The Real Choice Gone?” my mind started turning. Ruth and I went out for cupcakes and coffee at Buttercup Bake Shop… Continue reading

New Header

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Joel from “So You Want To Teach” created our new image header. It’s a combination of our old one (sans the paper clips) and a little something new. Please let me us know… Continue reading

More from NCTE

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Ruth and I joined up this morning for two workshops: “Where has all the Real Choice Gone? Revisiting an Essential Element in Writing Instruction” and also for “Where Social Justice and School Meet.”… Continue reading

big week.

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Tomorrow starts a four day workshop that I’m leading.  It’s a basic introduction to writing workshop with practical tips on how to get started.  It’s filled pastthe brim with 31 teachers and has… Continue reading