Take off the Top of Your Head!

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After all of the writer’s notebook work and the storyboard work and the oral storytelling, it sometimes seems as though students don’t realize how they then need to craft their draft.  I’ve found… Continue reading

What really happens to you?

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This past March we started the Slice of Life Story Challenge in an effort to help teachers (and kids) preserve little moments of their lives in writing. Most of us, myself included, live… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: Shopping Fools.

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On Saturday morning the little guy wanted to join me on some errands.  I relented.  Even though I was looking forward to some time alone, just browsing through stores, I chose him instead.  … Continue reading

Stacey’s SOLS: De-icing

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I opened the door from my apartment building, dragging my granny cart behind me. I inhale deeply, breathing-in the crispness of the autumn morning. I look around me and smile. I’m surrounded by… Continue reading

frustration.

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This weekend, during rest time, I heard a few sobs from my youngest daughter’s room.  The sounds were odd, so I went to check on her.  As I approached her door, I heard… Continue reading

Join us!

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Please join us for today’s Slice of Life Story Challenge.

Stacey’s M.M. Post: Personalization

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Each one is different… Each child’s name is on the reverse side… Originally uploaded by teachergal My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Fass, was caring and compassionate. She also made learning FUN! I’ll never… Continue reading

Memoir Mondays: Link Your Post Here

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Character Traits

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I just put together a list of character traits for my students, ranking them as positive, negative, or a mix between the two for an upcoming character study unit we’re doing in Reading… Continue reading

Publishing Personal Narratives

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Student Reflection Sheet for Personal Narratives Originally uploaded by teachergal I updated the Personal Narrative Page on the Two Writing Teachers Website to include a student reflection sheet and an in-depth comment sheet… Continue reading

I Love to Write Day… on a Saturday?

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I got so excited about I Love To Write Day when I heard about it!!!!!! However, when I went to the organization’s website, I discovered that this year’s I Love to Write Day,… Continue reading

Glimmers

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I love having days when I witness signs of my students becoming stronger writers. Here are four glimmers from my day: One of my students shared an original poem that she mentored after… Continue reading

Getting Motivated

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This is my final post for this week’s Big Picture Series on Genuine Writing. Therefore, I wanted to leave you with a draft of a handout I’m planning to hand out when I… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: I Think I Said Too Much

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An Original Poem for Poetry Friday:   Writing in My PJ’s   I think I said too much When I told my kids About my morning rituals yesterday.   I told them I… Continue reading

Editing

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Need an editing checklist? Click here to view the one I’m using with my students as they get ready to publish their personal narratives.

Quick Jots

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I’ve come to believe that real writers always need a place to physically write. However, real writers also live real lives. Sometimes it’s not always possible to fit an entire writer’s notebook (no… Continue reading

Where do they stand?

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I’ve blogged a bit about the upcoming election. Tonight’s final Presidential Debate will most likely focus on the economy (Rightfully so considering the DJII’s 733 point drop, the fact that people are losing… Continue reading

Writing That Matters

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Yesterday I worked with three students, from different classes, who were writing about the death of a parent.  That’s rough.   My first thought is sometimes:  Who’s encouraging topic choice?   No thank you!  I didn’t… Continue reading

Become Your Students’ Writing Mentor

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Every writer needs a real writer to look up to. Why not allow your students’ favorite author be, well, YOU!??! By building up an arsenal of texts you created, with and without your… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: Good Mail.

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It’s unexpected time alone right now.  I was headed off to grab my laptop in order to get some work done and not be sucked into the blog world.  On the way, I… Continue reading