Launching Personal Essay

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It’s nearly November, which means it’s time for me to start teaching my students how to craft personal essays. I use Calkins and Gilette’s book for my teaching points, but deviate from their… Continue reading

Thinking More About Teachers & Notebooks

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I’m sitting in Nashua preparing for tomorrow’s presentation. Part of my preparation means returning to my old binders and files when my thinking changed about the teaching of writing. The shift in my… Continue reading

Teaching Writing Workshop with A Wide-Open Notebook

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Here’s the public version of the presentation I’ll be giving at the New England Association of Teachers of English’s Fall Conference tomorrow. Click on the link below to view the presentation, which I’ll… Continue reading

Stories in Hand

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Ruth just convinced me to sign up for a free online course called “Stories in Hand,” which you can read more about by clicking here. The course is a hybrid: art and writing.… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Voting Acrostic

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After yesterday’s lesson, and the awesome “get out & vote” posters my students made, I decided to write an acrostic poem about voting. Vigorous supporters Of candidates always Take to the polls. It’s… Continue reading

“Time Line” for On-Demand Assessments

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I mapped out the way my students could go through the Quick Publish Process today. (They have today and tomorrow to quickly publish a personal narrative before we begin our next unit of… Continue reading

A Little Copywriting

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This afternoon, I’m going to teach a Social Studies Lesson about voting I found on Scholastic.com. It’s a lesson about having kids persuade adults to vote in a non-partisan way. I created a… Continue reading

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