research mania.

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Let’s be honest.  How many of you out there about lose your mind during the research phase of expository writing?  Here in Indiana, it is expected that beginning in 3rd grade, students use… Continue reading

Narrative Feedback to a Student

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Narrative Feedback to a Student Originally uploaded by teachergal When we returned from Winter Recess I had my students complete self-evaluations of their Writer’s Notebooks. (They do this in the middle and at… Continue reading

WN ENTRY: Remembering

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I’ve been celebrating a lot lately… My wedding, My students’ amazing achievements, and as of 5:40 this morning, my snow day. However, amid my joy, Ruth has been going through a more painful… Continue reading

WN Entry: Snow Day

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Lester L. Laminack wrote a book about it. I had 14 of them my junior year alone. The Governor went on TV last night asking all schools north of Kent County to close…… Continue reading

interviews + personal essays.

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Dave Eldridge & I have been working on a personal essay unit in his sixth grade class.  As the week went on, I’ve gotten more & more excited about this unit of study.… Continue reading

News & Announcements Chart

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Each and every Sunday I create my News & Announcements Charts for the week (i.e., for Morning Meeting). I just created one that I really like for this-coming Friday. It looks like this:… Continue reading

Persuasive Letter Writing Rubric

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A few folks have left comments asking for resources for teaching persuasive letter writing. I promised to post the rubric I created once it was finished. It’s now complete and can be downloaded… Continue reading

The “Stuff” on the Desks

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I’ve always been prone to putting reminders, poems, and more on my students’ desks through the years. I’ve rarely received a complaint from a student about this, but I’m sure there are some… Continue reading

Writerly Matters

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Kelly at Big A little a has some wonderful blogging about the topic of “writerly matters.” Do check it out if you want to do some more thinking about the ‘basics’ I’ve sometimes… Continue reading

keeping interest.

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My colleague, Lori Dixon, directed me to this February 2008 Vanity Fairarticle, “Keys to the Kingdom” by Jim Windolf.  It is a long article, but this quote especially highlights the importance of story… Continue reading

OLW (One Little Word).

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Last week Stacey posted about using Ali’s OLW challenge in her classroom.  It’s a very cool post & if you missed it, take a few minutes to check it out by clicking here.… Continue reading

I’m Back.

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In a recent email, I explained to Stacey that life has just consumed me recently and the blogging end of it has taken the hit. The past few weeks have been bittersweet.  The joy… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Another Wedding One

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Another wedding poem… an original (of course) list poem. Debacles (that really don’t matter) In the end, who really cares that… My wedding ring got stuck on my finger the day before the… Continue reading

Amazing Reasoning

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I tried to announce a working snack time, like I always do, at the end of Writing Workshop today. However, my students didn’t budge. Every single child in the classroom stayed-put where they… Continue reading

Ideas Galore!!!

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Ideas Galore Originally uploaded by teachergal I disseminated a packet of four touchstone texts, written by my former students, that will serve as mentors for my students to use in the persuasive letter… Continue reading

WNW: Differences

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Welcome to the first Writer’s Notebook Wednesday of 2008. Click here to read Ruth’s entry. Click here to read mine, which is embedded in this “newspaper clipping.” Link us to your entry by… Continue reading

Gearing up for persuasive letter writing

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I’m starting one of my favorite units of study tomorrow morning in Writing Workshop: PERSUASIVE LETTERS! It’s been a favorite for the past three years due to the amazing things my students have… Continue reading

WNW IS ALMOST HERE!

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On-Demand Writing

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I’m planning on having my students complete an “on-demand” personal essay for the next two days before we begin our unit of study on persuasive letter writing. These are the guidelines I put… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: The Day After

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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you’re aware that poetry is not a genre in which my writing is strong. However, the day after my wedding, I felt compelled to… Continue reading