Category Archive: writing

Reacting to the World

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I shared my September 11th WN Entry with my class today since my teaching point was: Writers react to things that are happening in the world around them by writing long about events… Continue reading

on writing

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Today I was reminded of a story from Stephen King’s book, On Writing:  A Memoir of the Craft.  Here are his words — My room in our Durham house was upstairs, under the… Continue reading

Modeling Our Writing

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I had a really great first day of work. I learned a lot. The first thing I learned is that fourth graders are way different than fifth graders. Here’s what I mean. My… Continue reading

get a giggle out of this.

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You absolutely must take two minutes and click over to Christi Overman’s blog, Chocolate for Teachers, and read about her very first sharing session of her teaching career. I think I’ll be giggling… Continue reading

Scanning, Cutting & Pasting, or Rewriting?

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I’ve come to realize that this whole “I’m going to recopy all of my writer’s notebooks into one” thing has become exceedingly tedious. I found another old Miquelruis Notebook yesterday and realized I… Continue reading

WN Entry: Making A List

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I got inspired by Reflections from the Rockies‘ Post entitled “My Favorite Things About Colorado So Far.” Since a good deal of my students’ first couple weeks of Writing Workshos will revolve around… Continue reading

the balance of teaching writing.

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Do you ever feel like you’re being pulled in different teaching directions — conventions and craft and process?  Do you sometimes feel guilty when you’re teaching about craft that you should be teaching… Continue reading

New Magazine for Student Writers

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The first issue of Launch Pad: Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off will be coming out this January/February (2008), according to Reading Today, which arrived at my apartment yesterday. I explored Launch… Continue reading

notebooks: make ’em work for you!

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What a great discussion Stacey got started about writer’s notebooks. To see it, read her post One Notebook or Many? (as well as others since, click here). I’ve been thinking a lot about… Continue reading

Great Button About Writing

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Kim from Bookworm Bookmarks created this great button for us. Kim creates some of the most beautiful hand-made bookmarks I’ve ever seen. She’ll create a gorgeous one for you by going to this… Continue reading

NCTE National Convention

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After meeting Andi, Angela, Beth, and Molly at the WLU Conference in Louisville last month, I decided to attend the 2007 NCTE Convention in New York City. (Those four ladies will also be… Continue reading

the gift we give.

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Sharing.  What a gift!  I had the pleasure of spending last week with 25 teachers who were concentrating on becoming more effective writing teachers.  I’m a firm believer in one of the best… Continue reading

What really matters when providing quality writing instruction…

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One of Ruth’s Colleagues from Indiana, Jen Barney, wrote a post about the top ten things she’s learned as a teacher of writing in the past year. I think she touches on some… Continue reading

Getting Started: Creating CWPs

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Heinemann just published a lovely series of three booklets by Jim Vopat entitled Micro Lessons in Writing. I am so excited about infusing these micro lessons into my classroom, starting with some of… Continue reading

Writing with Writers

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I found a great section of Scholastic’s Website entitled “Writing with Writers,” which is a place devoted to helping kids learn how to write better by taking a workshop with a published author.… Continue reading