It’s time for the…

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Where do you write?

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Rick’s post about writing and thinking spaces made me recall my college years in Washington. I used to go to the National Gallery of Art before every history exam (My minor was History.)… Continue reading

SOLSC: Transported back in time

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The Band Originally uploaded by teachergal The 25th Festival Italiano took place in Westport over the weekend. There were carnival games and lots of greasy foods. There was also live music. Emil Stucchio… Continue reading

Heart Mapping & Writing Territories

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I’ve been having my students map their hearts, to help them generate ideas for writing, when they’re stuck, for as long as I’ve been teaching. However, last week when I was at the… Continue reading

We hope you’ll join us for…

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Stacey’s MM Post

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I remember giggling about it with my cousin Jared about three years ago. I remember shaking my head in disbelief when I heard her say, “This is going to be my last trip… Continue reading

A Class

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With some of my hard-earned (wink,wink) birthday money, I decided to sign up for a class to fuel my creativity and help me get a bit of perspective on this whole parenting, living,… Continue reading

READING/WRITING CONNECTIONS: If you want to teach writing really well, know a few picture books really well and use them when you confer.

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On the final day of the Writing Institute, both Carl and Lucy spent some time reiterating the importance of knowing a few texts REALLY WELL so you can use the same book with… Continue reading

Qualities of Good Writing

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I spent last week at the Teachers College Writing Institute. I was lucky enough to get into advanced sections with Carl Anderson and Lucy Calkins, who both pushed my thinking. With 103 pages… Continue reading

An Idea from the TeachingHeart Listserv

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I’ve been subscribing to the TeachingHeart K-4 Listserv for the past few months. I found a neat idea on it when it arrived in my inbox an hour ago. It involves using VistaPrint… Continue reading

A Charge for 7/14’s Memoir Monday

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If you’re looking for inspiration for this-coming MEMOIR MONDAYS CHALLENGE, then here is something to get your mind going: Think of a “mundane” family story that holds meaning or value to you and… Continue reading

Stop & Look Around You: THAT’S WHAT WRITERS DO!

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I attended the Teachers College Summer Institute on the Teaching of Writing last week. I’ll be blogging about it A LOT in the days (probably weeks, since I have about 100 pages of… Continue reading

Ad Copywriting: A (New) Unit of Study Possibility

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Kids watch commercials on television all of the time. Most of the children I know can recite the jingles they hear on both television and on the radio. However, I’ve never thought of… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: A Poem About Strength

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. The Eagle and The Bear is a poem by David J. Pipkin. After having a trying day yesterday, this poem, which seems to be about strength, seemed appropriate for Poetry Friday. The… Continue reading

Revision a la Wordle

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I decided to put everyone’s definitions of revision together using Wordle. Click on the image to enlarge. If you like this image, feel free to use it, alongside or in addition to the… Continue reading

Ralph Fletcher on Memoir

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I had the privilege of hearing Ralph Fletcher speak about writing memoir today. He said a few things that resonated with me about why we write memoir and about how to create memorable… Continue reading

The Truth is what matters when we write. (The “T” is capitalized for a reason.)

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Ruth and I have were recently talking about the truth in our writing. We both recognized that honesty matters when we write. Writing is empty and vacant without the expression of honest emotions,… Continue reading

SOLS: Bedtime Ice Cream.

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At twenty-eight minutes before bedtime last night, I decided to be one cool mom and offer ice cream cones.  There were three takers.   I scooped three cones and we headed outside to the… Continue reading

How do you define the word revision?

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A few years ago I was given a simple, concrete definition of revision that I’ve used with my students: to see again. However, I’m curious… how do you describe what revision is in… Continue reading

The First SOLSC for July 2008

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Please link your slices here by using Mr. Linky and by posting a comment. We’re looking forward to reading your slices. (Here’s a snippet of mine, which talks about what precipitated my fall.)… Continue reading