Mini Notecards

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Little Note Originally uploaded by teachergal I recently purchased a bunch of small note cards from Christina Hill, The Hollister 25, and Piping Hot Papers for the purpose of writing little notes to… Continue reading

Thoughts About Working with a REALLY Reluctant Writer

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Ro asked: I have a student in my class who is on the spectrum and is extremely reluctant to writing. He doesn’t think anything is important or worth writing about. It’s extremely difficult… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Change

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The country is all abuzz about change: Democrats, Republicans, and even my Rabbis who spoke about change throughout Yom Kippur. Hence, after 25 hours of contemplation, I thought about change and the types… Continue reading

Virtual Author Visit

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video visit_2, originally uploaded by happygirl_77. Yesterday was Ball State University’s first virtual author visit of the school year. Sue Price and Betsy Likens(middle school language arts teachers) joined their classes in order to… Continue reading

Moving from Storyboards to Drafts.

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In Keith Bollman’s fifth grade class, students are beginning to consider moving into drafts.  They’ve envisioned their writing and are moving out of the rehearsal stage and into drafting.  Today I taught them how… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Getting Laney.

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Earlier this week I wrote a quick write in my writer’s notebook about getting my cabbage patch kid.  (Last week for Memoir Monday, I toyed with the So What? of writing about Laney.)  I… Continue reading

Storyboards.

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This summer I heard Penny Kittle speak about using storyboards.  This week I’ve tried them out in classrooms.  They aren’t all that different from one of the ways I talk to kids about… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life: Messy Bedroom.

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I read in Katie Wood Ray’s Study Driven: Showing what surrounds a character can help the reader understand a lot about the character (34). It inspired me to write about my daughter’s bedroom… Continue reading

Let ‘Em Work It Out!

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So today I was in a second grade classroom.  After the focus lesson, I sent them back to do some important work on envisioning their story and making a plan.  Students are all… Continue reading

Student Teachers & Writing Workshop

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One of our readers, who has asked to remain anonymous, e-mailed me this morning with regard to the student teacher in their classroom. The person who is student teaching is great, but is… Continue reading

It’s time…

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…for the weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge. Please link your slice to this post by using the Image Linky (below):

Little Notes at Standardized Testing Time

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Well-wish letters Originally uploaded by teachergal This morning was Day 1 of the NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) Reading Test. Since I was up way before dawn, I decided to write each… Continue reading

The First M.M. of October

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Please link your MEMOIR MONDAY Post here by using Mr. Linky.

Just Seven Days Left to Vote!

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Stacey’s M.M. Post: Baseball

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“Peanuts for sale! Get your fresh hot-roasted peanuts for sale!” I hollered. “How much?” asked my Grandfather, indulging my childhood play. “Fifty cents,” I replied. “Oh, that’s a good deal Morris. Buy two!”… Continue reading

Considering what one’s piece is REALLY about

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Nurturing Originally uploaded by teachergal I put together a mini-chart for my students to tape into their writer’s notebooks after tomorrow’s minilesson so that they’ll have a permanent record of their writerly options… Continue reading

“So What?”

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Ruth and I spoke at-length this summer about the benefits and detriments of starting off the school year with memoir, as opposed to beginning with personal narrative. While my colleagues and I have… Continue reading

Writer’s Craft à la Jane Yolen

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Jane Yolen published Take Joy: A Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft in 2006. However, the book just made its way into my classroom a few days ago. I perused it to see… Continue reading

Poetry Friday Roundup

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    Here’s the round-up as of p.m. 6:17 p.m. on October 3rd: FALL & NEW ENGLAND POEMS (I’m putting these first since I’m an Autumn Lover and I’m in a very fall-like, New England-y,… Continue reading

We’re Hosting Poetry Friday Today!

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Welcome! Please link the poem you post to this one by clicking on the Image Linky at the bottom of this post. (To ensure that we capture your Poetry Friday Submission, please leave… Continue reading