Category Archive: writing workshop

Those Shoes: The Mentor Text Teaching Document

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I worked on the Reading-Writing Connections Document for Those Shoes until 12:30 a.m. Here are two examples of the way I set it up: Craft Move Page Number(s) Why the Author Might Be… Continue reading

The Makings of a TRUE Mentor Text

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I realize I’m a bit late to the “Those Shoes Party,” which is a touching text written by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Those Shoes was published in 2007 and… Continue reading

Thank You!

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Just a little post to say THANKS for all of the positive, kind, and encouraging comments with regards to our blog and new website.  We appreciate the “fuel” your comments give. — Ruth… Continue reading

Link your post here!

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It’s that time of the week again! Please link your post here using Mr. Linky. NOTE: We’ve been having trouble with Mr. Linky, so if you want others to read your post, then… Continue reading

Meeting Area Supplies

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Penny Pencil Cases Originally uploaded by teachergal I found pencil cases on sale for $.01 at Staples today. I decided to buy them so that the kids could have everything they need for… Continue reading

The Essence of Workshop Teaching

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I woke up early this morning and decided to get started on the PPT for my presentation at the 2008 Fall NEATE Conference in Nashua, NH. The title is, “INSPIRING CHILDREN TO WRITE:… Continue reading

Some photos

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In case you’re interested to see some photos from our little reunion in Indiana, they’re in the digital scrapbook below. Make a Smilebox scrapbook

Literacy Gifts

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Jen, Sarah, and Ruth gave me some fantastic ideas about ways to make the launch of writer’s notebooks and using the classroom library more exciting for children in September. I thought their ideas… Continue reading

For Art’s Sake!!!

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Whenever I think of an art-related activity to do with my students that isn’t an actual craft project, I always ask myself, “Will they get something out of this or am I doing… Continue reading

Photo Fridays: An Opportunity to Write About Photographs

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Late Sunset over Lake Winona Originally uploaded by teachergal I marveled, twice, about the fact that the sun sets later in Indiana than it does in Rhode Island (i.e. because it’s on the… Continue reading

Dinner with the Indiana Blogging Teachers

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L-R: Christi, Ruth, Me, Jen, Sarah, & Cathy Originally uploaded by teachergal I just returned home after spending the past thee days in Indiana, with Ruth, preparing for our presentation at NCTE this-coming… Continue reading

Remember to Celebrate!

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Publishing Party – October 2004, originally uploaded by teachergal. Katherine Bomer spoke about the celebrating the work our young writers do when she delivered the Keynote Address at the TCRWP July Writing Institute.… Continue reading

Sharing in Writing Workshop

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I just received a mailing from my school over the weekend with our summer professional reading. There’s an excerpt from The Art of Teaching Reading, as well as a copy of Leah Mermelstein‘s… Continue reading

How to Make Conferring Better in Our Classrooms

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Conferring Tips from C.A. Originally uploaded by teachergal Carl Anderson delivered an excellent keynote address at the TCRWP’s Writing Institute, which I attended a couple of weeks ago. It was called, “So You… Continue reading

Heart Mapping & Writing Territories

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I’ve been having my students map their hearts, to help them generate ideas for writing, when they’re stuck, for as long as I’ve been teaching. However, last week when I was at the… Continue reading

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READING/WRITING CONNECTIONS: If you want to teach writing really well, know a few picture books really well and use them when you confer.

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On the final day of the Writing Institute, both Carl and Lucy spent some time reiterating the importance of knowing a few texts REALLY WELL so you can use the same book with… Continue reading

Ad Copywriting: A (New) Unit of Study Possibility

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Kids watch commercials on television all of the time. Most of the children I know can recite the jingles they hear on both television and on the radio. However, I’ve never thought of… Continue reading

The Truth is what matters when we write. (The “T” is capitalized for a reason.)

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Ruth and I have were recently talking about the truth in our writing. We both recognized that honesty matters when we write. Writing is empty and vacant without the expression of honest emotions,… Continue reading

The First SOLSC for July 2008

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Please link your slices here by using Mr. Linky and by posting a comment. We’re looking forward to reading your slices. (Here’s a snippet of mine, which talks about what precipitated my fall.)… Continue reading