SOLSC: Crepes

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Yummy Crepe Toppings Originally uploaded by teachergal We were walking around Newport on Saturday and Marc started craving, of all things, a crepe, after we passed a small creperie. I said, “I’ll make… Continue reading

Syllables, Diagramming Sentences, and Other Thoughts

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I recall clapping out the syllables to words when I was very young. Did it help me as a writer? Probably? I mean, I know where to hyphenate a word when I’m actually… Continue reading

Tomorrow’s Mid-Workshop Teaching Point will be about…

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LINE BREAKS!!!!! So important and so mystifying for kids who are just starting to write poetry. They see them all the time, they know what they are, but they don’t use them when… Continue reading

A Memoir Monday Post in Pictures

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Make a Smilebox scrapbook Want to read more Memoir Mondays posts? Just click here.

M.O.O.S.E.

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A Moose in Alaska Originally uploaded by teachergal Someone who reads this blog has gotta know the answer to this question… If you do, then PLEASE leave a comment! I recently heard of… Continue reading

It’s Memoir Monday!

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Link your memory-related post to this post by using Mr. Linky. Not sure what to write about today? Just click here for a dollop of inspiration. We’re looking forward to reading all of… Continue reading

Poetry: 50 Stories Above the Surface

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Prudential Center: Skywalk Observatory Originally uploaded by teachergal The entire fourth grade went high on Friday. What did we do? We went up to the Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center in Boston.… Continue reading

Memoir Monday Idea: A Special Place (Then & Now)

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My best friend and I went to Newport in August 2004. Since then, I’ve been back quite a few times, including yesterday, with Marc (my husband). Therefore, this Monday, I’m going to reflect… Continue reading

Writing-Related Birthday Gifts

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Writing-Related Birthday Gifts Originally uploaded by teachergal Yesterday was my birthday and I received two writer’s notebooks: one from my best friend and one from one of my students. (Do you think people… Continue reading

Happy Birthday

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Will you do me a favor & pretend it’s Friday? Due to an unexplainable shoddy Internet connection, I was unable to post yesterday. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday… Continue reading

Building a Living Poetry Anthology

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Pat suggested that I work with my students to create a Living Poetry Anthology (I believe Georgia Heard first presented this idea in one of her books.) during my first year of teaching.… Continue reading

Close Observation Yields Remarkable Object Poems

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Poetic Devices I Think Elementary School Kids Can Use (& Should Know About)

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A Poet’s Toolbox Originally uploaded by teachergal We read Valerie Worth’s “Chairs” Poem today prior to Writing Workshop. Before my kids filled out the revised Responding to Poetry Form, we spent time really… Continue reading

WN ENTRY: This Work Matters!

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“Responding to Poetry” – Form Evolution

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Kate and I have been going back-and-forth with “the best” format we can use for getting our kids to start responding to poetry. After something didn’t work as well with my fourth graders… Continue reading

Card-Writing Challenge

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No, I’m not proposing (yet another) challenge for you to do on your blog (to be linked here w/good ol’ Mr. Linky!). However, I’m proposing that you challenge yourself to send someone a… Continue reading

What do you notice about this poem?

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Brainstorming About "Pencils" by Barbara Esbensen Originally uploaded by teachergal Since I came back today, my kids only had one day’s worth of formal poetry instruction. Hence, I wanted to spend some time… Continue reading

Yea! Back to Work Today! :)

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My fever broke. So, as soon as I finish my cup of tea, with lots of honey in it, I’m headed out the door. My kids have the final day of their NECAP… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for the…

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It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means! Time to link your Slice of Life Story by using this Mr. Linky Widget:

SOLSC: Sick

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Compendium of Sickie Meds Originally uploaded by teachergal I don’t like being sick. It’s boring. I hate feeling tired, weak, and gross. I didn’t go to work yesterday since I had a 101-degree… Continue reading