“Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself, How alive am I willing to be?” ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and… Continue reading
I spent a weekend in the woods learning about picture book art and design at a workshop led by educators from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Highlights Foundation.
Listen to these kindergarten students respond to the question, “What do you know about being a writer?”
Happy National Day on Writing!
Inspired by a story about a brave high school student, I left a positive post-it note for each teacher I worked with earlier this week.
Last week we looked at a couple of students who were working on the visual plan and the use of drawing lessons. Let’s peek in and see how that work is coming along in the shared and independent practice of writing workshop.
We are in that in-between stage right now in writing workshop, having just completed our Personal Narrative unit, and pausing briefly before we begin our unit on memoir. These in-between stages are often… Continue reading
Do you have students who claim they don’t know what to write about in their writer’s notebooks? Here are 10 new picture books to inspire them to write.
Another strategy for writing about reading: Written Conversations
And with November, comes report cards.
Sometimes when students visualize an elaborate plan it is frustrating when that doesn’t just happen on the page. Here are some tips to get students closer to their vision.
Ever since I first received my copy of the middle school Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing , this book has been in my book bag and on my desk,… Continue reading
Here is a Sneak Peek at our NCTE Presentation.
Rubin’s vase is a famous optical illusion that can be interpreted in multiple ways. When looked at one way, it appears to be a vase. When looked at another way, it appears to… Continue reading
The one question that comes up again and again, no matter what part of the country I happen to visiting, is TIME.
Visualizing a plan helps students see their story before putting it to paper.