WNW: Daily Somethings

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Ruth provided me/us with a charge to try writing a Daily Something, inspired by Ali Edwards, for this week’s Writer’s Notebook Wednesday. I gave it a try last night. I couldn’t help but… Continue reading

Ruth’s WN Entry: Daily Something #5.

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Stacey’s WN Entry: Daily Something for Wednesday

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DAILY SOMETHING WRITTEN AS A NON-NARRATIVE ENTRY: I notice that I have a lot of hair products in my bathroom cabinet. There are gels, a can of mousse, pomades, cremes, serums, and more.… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: Daily Something

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They started out as little potato blobs on the griddle. However, with a little TLC, they turned into something special . Add the right accouterments and those potato blobs turned into latkes !… Continue reading

WNW: Daily Something Charge.

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  I’ve committed to writing a daily something for the month of December.  This idea came from Ali Edwards — you can read more on her blog, {A}.  Click here to read more… Continue reading

Choice & Genre Studies

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After I attended the November 17th NCTE Workshop entitled “Where Has All The Real Choice Gone?” my mind started turning. Ruth and I went out for cupcakes and coffee at Buttercup Bake Shop… Continue reading

New Header

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Joel from “So You Want To Teach” created our new image header. It’s a combination of our old one (sans the paper clips) and a little something new. Please let me us know… Continue reading

happy saturday.

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Over on Ali’s blog, {A}, she’s been talking about traditions this week.  I was inspired to create a list of traditions that follow me into this season.  I was wondering about you .… Continue reading

Poetry Friday Roundup

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Here we go folks! Shelf Elf: A wonderful little haiku and a book recommendation to boot! Jama Rattigan: Links us to a poem authored by Gregory Djanikian who is the Head of the… Continue reading

Poetry Friday Is Here! (Please scroll down to submit your poem using Mr. Linky.)

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Billy Collins’ Poetry continues to inspire me. The following Collins Poem, “Earthling” was published in The Apple That Astonished Paris. It resonated with me yesterday since I spent a great deal of time… Continue reading

Personal Essay Rubric

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Using the rubric I created for the personal narrative unit of study as a skeleton, I created a personal essay rubric a few days ago. I tweaked it with Kate yesterday afternoon and… Continue reading

21st Century Literacies (NCTE’s Nov. 2007 Council Chronicle)

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If you blog, then you know that websites are no longer the sole way to get information out into the world. We’re living in a Web 2.0 World. Today we have blogs, wikis,… Continue reading

Creating Folders for “Patches of Thought”

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During my first year of teaching I attended a Calendar Day hosted by the TCRWP where I got the idea for creating portable folders for my students to use in Writing Workshop to… Continue reading

WNW: Noticing Our Surroundings OR Other “Stuff”

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Welcome to Writer’s Notebook Wednesday! Today you can share your response to Stacey’s charge, or you can share something else. It doesn’t really matter what you share . . . the important thing… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: merry & bright.

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So I’ve been noticing stuff in my everyday world and wondering what to develop for WNW.  It occurred to me on Monday night that I should write about the Christmas lights that have… Continue reading

play with words + help end world hunger.

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Click on the picture below to play a vocabulary game.  For each word you get  correct, United Nations will donate 10 grains of rice to help end world hunger.

Take Note of What Surrounds You

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My students have been doing a lot of noticing in Writing Workshop since we began our Personal Essay Unit of Study last week. Hence, I created this Motivational Poster (of sorts) online. I… Continue reading

Customized Spelling Lists

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I’ve been grading my students’ personal narratives this morning using the rubric I created last month. That being said, I decided not to just grade their personal narratives, but also to use them… Continue reading

Gifts from the Heart

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On November 14th I received funding, through DonorsChoose, for the “Writing Gift Center” I blogged about in October. I was delighted that someone who didn’t know me or my students was inspired by… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: thanksgiving thoughts.

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Edited:  I posted & then read Stacey’s entry from today.  Strange that we both wrote poems.  Stranger still that we have a similar line.  Strange in a cool way, though.  So thankful for friendship.  🙂  So I’m waiting for… Continue reading