Today’s lesson is one of my favorites of the school year. It’s the day when the kids really start to notice the world around them with a heightened sense of … Continue Reading Collecting Ideas As An Essayist
Jersey Tomatoes. The sound of those two words evokes a strong smell memory. I can smell the garden-fresh, bright red, ripe tomatoes my father grew in our backyard when I … Continue Reading Stacey’s M.M. Post: Tomatoes
It’s time for Memoir Monday! Link your post to this one by clicking on the image linky.
I went through “My Pictures” Folder this morning and located a sleuth of photographs that capture some of the small, ordinary moments of my life during the past year. I … Continue Reading We all have lots of small moments to write about!
Living Life Twice, a blog written by Alan J. Wright who lives in Australia, has a fantastic post entitled “Writing About Issues -Big and Small.” Here’s an excerpt from his … Continue Reading Writing About Issues
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 … Continue Reading Launching Personal Essay
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 … Continue Reading Thinking More About Teachers & Notebooks
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 … Continue Reading Teaching Writing Workshop with A Wide-Open Notebook
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: … Continue Reading Stories in Hand
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 … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: Voting Acrostic
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 … Continue Reading “Time Line” for On-Demand Assessments
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. … Continue Reading A Little Copywriting
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 … Continue Reading Take off the Top of Your Head!
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, … Continue Reading What really happens to you?
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 … Continue Reading Ruth’s SOLS: Shopping Fools.
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. … Continue Reading Stacey’s SOLS: De-icing