#DUBLIT15

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I am a Michigan girl at heart, but there is something special about the educators in and around the Dublin, Ohio area. I had the privilege of presenting and attending the Dublin Literacy… Continue reading

Gearing up for the PARCC Test: Some practice work

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On Tuesday, my sixth graders will file into the large testing room our middle school has set up, and begin three days of ELA testing for the PARCC.  The last few weeks have… Continue reading

Do you need a copy editor?

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I don’t have a professional proofreader at my disposal (though I wish I did!). I know spell check isn’t a fool-proof method for getting my writing ready to go out into the world. But now I have Grammarly, a proofreading web application that finds and explains in-depth grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes online.

SOLSC Prize Reveal!

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Take a look at all the amazing prices for the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

FAQs for First-Time Slice of Life Story Challenge Participants

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Are you planning to participate in the SOLSC for the first time? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions from new participants.

The Amazing Cure for Students Who Won’t Write

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Are you hoping for a magic spell that will make kids write?

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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I hope you’re gearing-up for a month of writing and sharing since there are five days and a wake-up until the 8th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge begins.

Concluding Information Writing and Tailoring Instruction

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Recently, Stacey and I were chatting via email about why the teaching of conclusions isn’t presented as a separate minilesson in Bringing History to Life, the information writing unit in the 4th grade Units of… Continue reading

Slicer Participant Information Form

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Please fill out this form (It takes less than 5 minutes!) if you’ll be joining us for our month-long writing challenge, which begins on March 1st.

INTRODUCING THE SUPPORT TEAM FOR THE MARCH SOLSC!

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The Eighth Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge is almost here! Stacey, Anna, Beth, Dana, Betsy and I are all sharing hosting duties this year, and are so looking forward to all the… Continue reading

Black History Month & Beyond – My #NF10for10 + 10 Book Giveaways

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Today is the annual Nonfiction Picture Book 10 for 10, hosted by Cathy Mere from Reflect and Refine, Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning, and Julie Balen of Write at the Edge.… Continue reading

Seeds of Freedom: A Review & Giveaway

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Are you looking for books to add to your Black History Month book list?  Are you looking for mentor texts to teach your students certain writing crafts?  You can add Seeds of Freedom: The… Continue reading

SOL Tuesday & Slicer Swag

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Do you have a need for some Slicer swag?  Stop by and visit our new Cafepress store.  You can purchase some Slicer swag and do a good deed since all of our profits… Continue reading

A Brave Love Poem

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A lovely poem to celebrate the power of love and poetry.

Songs for Celebrating Writing

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A quick list of some favorite songs for writing celebrations, to brighten your day!

Charts and mini charts to anchor writing moves

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Last Tuesday, Clare wrote a wonderful slice of life post about what everyday learning in a classroom really looks like and feels like, aptly entitled: Learning is Managed Chaos. These lines resonated with… Continue reading

Behind the Scenes at the White House: A Q&A with Nonfiction Author Katherine L. House

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Just in time for Presidents’ Day, I chatted with nonfiction author Katherine L. House about her recent book, White House for Kids. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of her book.

Writing to a Prompt

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Our students spend their time in choice-based, unit-driven writing workshops. They are not accustomed to writing to a prompt.

SOL Tuesday

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Before you share the link to your slice of life story today, I hope you’ll take a moment to consider doing something to give back to first-time Slicers this March.

Tuck Everlasting: 40th Anniversary Blog Tour #Tuck40th

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I miss many things about being a classroom teacher. I miss the camaraderie with the students, the collegiality with the staff, and the sense that what I’m doing really matters. I miss the… Continue reading