We’re hosting a Slice of Life Story Challenge this March!

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Learn more about it by going viewing this ten page “slide show.” Make a scrapbook – it’s easy! Let us know if you’re planning to take part in the March Challenge by leaving… Continue reading

Literary Essays

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I started thinking about the next unit of study, Literary Essays, that I’m going to teach in March (even though my students are only half-way through their fiction unit of study). Therefore, I… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story: Overflow

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I decided to make “Jackie’s Coffee” this morning, which is named after one of my cousins who passed away a few years ago. Basically, Jackie’s Coffee is half a cup of coffee +… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Water

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I just learned about World Water Day, which is on March 22nd. Since the closest walk is in NYC that day, I will be doing the virtual walk. That being said, I created… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story: HGTV

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Slice of Life Story: Spewing Sink

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I pumped the soap bottle and felt the dollop of soap fall onto my fingertips. I rubbed my hands together and got ready for the lather to be washed away. However, when I… Continue reading

Ruth’s Wordless Wednesday: Creative State.

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Wordless Wednesday: Original Photograph (This would’ve made for a great slice of life story, but I’ll let you know add your own words.)

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Writer’s Notebook Wednesday: Quotations

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This is my entry about a quotation that deals with hard work. Please link your entry to this post using Mr. Linky. Thanks! WN Entry: John Wayne Quotation Originally uploaded by teachergal

found this.

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Found this blog by following link to link to link in the wonderful way of the Internet.  Love the photos.  I was even more impressed by the number of comments Pioneer Woman seems… Continue reading

Discovery from a Weekend Writer’s Notebook Assessment

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Reminder for a Student Writer Originally uploaded by teachergal I recently changed-up my Weekend Writer’s Notebook Assessments. One question I ask, now, is “How can I help you as a writer?” I noticed… Continue reading

ruth: slice of life: welcome home.

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“Hiiiiiiiiiiaaaahhh!  Moooooommmmmmmm!”  The little voice greeted me as I opened the front door after work today.  (I just wish I could get the Doppler Effect to come out in my writing!)  The 27 pound… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story: Close Call

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Mr. Quirk, my high school driving instructor, told me that many accidents happen in parking lots since people aren’t paying attention. For that reason, I’ve always been sure to be extra-alert whenever I… Continue reading

Checking-in with My ONE LITTLE WORD!

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this is going in my car Originally uploaded by teachergal Last week one of my nine-year old students asked me, “So, Ms. S… How’s it going with the balance?” “What?” I asked her… Continue reading

WNW Charge: Quote

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Ruth and I are both fans of quotations. We even have an entire page devoted to quotes we love. Lisa Meyer compiled a book entitled Quotes for Kids: Today’s Interpretations of Timeless Quotes… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story: Rain, Rain, Go Away

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It was hard to fall asleep last night since the rain kept tap-tap-tapping on the ledge outside my window. I woke up this morning to the same persistent tapping. Unable to fall back… Continue reading

News Article

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I received the ASCD SmartBrief today and followed the link to read this article in The New York Times. After learning about the ways in which French 5th graders are going to be… Continue reading

Why am I writing this over and over again?

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After hearing about Janet Angelillo’s new book from Ruth, I went online and started reading the sample chapter. I started thinking about the fact that each and every day I write down what… Continue reading

New Book.

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I was looking for a sample chapter from Janet Angelillo’s book Writing About Reading:  From Book Talk to Literary Essays, Grades 3 -8 .  Although I did find the sample chapter, more importantly,… Continue reading

Writing Fiction? Take the next step!

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My son loves-loves-loves books.  This steals my heart.  It also allows me even more time to read children’s books.  What I’ve noticed is my desire to dive in and write fiction. I know… Continue reading