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

Poetry Friday

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This poem makes me happy that it’s finally summertime! Sea Joy When I go down by the sandy shore I can think of nothing I want more Than to live by the blooming… Continue reading

“An overuse of craft is cr*p!”

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Author Lester Laminack taught a course I took at Teachers College during the 2006 Summer Institute on the Teaching of Writing. He said, “There’s only a letter or two that separates the word… Continue reading

Lester Laminack

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Next Monday (less than 5 days away), I will be introducing Lester Laminack.  I’m excited (and nervous) about this honor.  However, I’ve been thinking — What will I say to give a worthy… Continue reading

Ruth’s WN Entry: A Special Relative

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Fletcher suggests writing about a brother, sister, or special relative. Remember: think small. Focus on one aspect of that person, or one experience you had with him or her. “Go get the stink… Continue reading

Ruth’s WN Entry: Special Place

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Today’s WN Entry comes from Ralph Fletcher’s Website. THE CHARGE: Special place: special room, attic nook, inside of a tree, scary closet. You might start by quickly sketching a map of a house… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: A Special Relative

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Fletcher suggests writing about a brother, sister, or special relative. Remember: think small. Focus on one aspect of that person, or one experience you had with him or her. Both of my grandfathers… Continue reading

Lunch Box Poetry

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I had an idea in the shower this morning (the place of many wonderful thoughts). When I have kids I think I’m going to put a poem into their lunch box every day… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Valerie Worth Poems

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Some lovely small poems by Valerie Worth: chairs Chairs Seem To Sit Down On Themselves, almost as if They were people, Some fat, some thin; Settled comfortably On their own seats, Some even… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: Special Place

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Today’s WN Entry comes from Ralph Fletcher‘s Website. THE CHARGE: Special place: special room, attic nook, inside of a tree, scary closet. You might start by quickly sketching a map of a house… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: Artifact

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Today’s WN entry comes from Ralph Fletcher’s Tips for Young Writers: Write about an artifact (arrowhead, ring, antique, etc.). Important objects in our lives often provide excellent material to write about. My yellow… Continue reading

Ruth’s WN Entry: Artifact

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Today’s WN entry comes from Ralph Fletcher’s Tips for Young Writers: Write about an artifact (arrowhead, ring, antique, etc.). Important objects in our lives often provide excellent material to write about. I’m not… Continue reading

Fletcher’s Tips for Young Writers

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Ralph Fletcher recently added more tips for children on his “Tips for Young Writers” Page, which is a collection of ideas for getting started on writing notebook entries, information on how to revise… Continue reading

Summer Vacation Literacy Activites

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ReadWriteThink, a partnership between IRA and NCTE, launched a brand new section of their website today, which focuses on summer literacy activities for children. The activities are broken down into three clusters, K-2,… Continue reading

Independent Writing Projects

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I’m debating as to whether or not I should assign independent writing projects to my students before the end of the school year (which ends on 6/27). Part of me sees the importance… Continue reading