Have you used this mentor text?

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I’ve been toting around Those Shoes a lot when I’m conferring with my students lately. I’m teaching them things like how to vary sentence lengths and ways to incorporate precise language into their… Continue reading

Leave your link here!

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My M.M. Post

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I woke up from my nap as the car turned into the cemetery yesterday morning. It was a crisp, sunny fall morning, not much different than the morning we laid my Grandmother to… Continue reading

Blogs I “Heart!”

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Two Writing Teachers received an “I Heart Your Blog” Award from Literate Lives and by Literacy.Coach. THANK YOU! Here are the rules for this meme: 1) Add the logo of the award to… Continue reading

Start Photocopying Student Work Before Its Published!

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Sometimes I think we forget to preserve our students’ writing work as they’re going through the writing process. Too often, I’ve forgotten to photocopy a great timeline or a first draft in which… Continue reading

Mini Notecards

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Little Note Originally uploaded by teachergal I recently purchased a bunch of small note cards from Christina Hill, The Hollister 25, and Piping Hot Papers for the purpose of writing little notes to… Continue reading

Thoughts About Working with a REALLY Reluctant Writer

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Ro asked: I have a student in my class who is on the spectrum and is extremely reluctant to writing. He doesn’t think anything is important or worth writing about. It’s extremely difficult… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Change

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The country is all abuzz about change: Democrats, Republicans, and even my Rabbis who spoke about change throughout Yom Kippur. Hence, after 25 hours of contemplation, I thought about change and the types… Continue reading

Virtual Author Visit

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video visit_2, originally uploaded by happygirl_77. Yesterday was Ball State University’s first virtual author visit of the school year. Sue Price and Betsy Likens(middle school language arts teachers) joined their classes in order to… Continue reading

Moving from Storyboards to Drafts.

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In Keith Bollman’s fifth grade class, students are beginning to consider moving into drafts.  They’ve envisioned their writing and are moving out of the rehearsal stage and into drafting.  Today I taught them how… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Getting Laney.

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Earlier this week I wrote a quick write in my writer’s notebook about getting my cabbage patch kid.  (Last week for Memoir Monday, I toyed with the So What? of writing about Laney.)  I… Continue reading

Storyboards.

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This summer I heard Penny Kittle speak about using storyboards.  This week I’ve tried them out in classrooms.  They aren’t all that different from one of the ways I talk to kids about… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life: Messy Bedroom.

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I read in Katie Wood Ray’s Study Driven: Showing what surrounds a character can help the reader understand a lot about the character (34). It inspired me to write about my daughter’s bedroom… Continue reading

Let ‘Em Work It Out!

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So today I was in a second grade classroom.  After the focus lesson, I sent them back to do some important work on envisioning their story and making a plan.  Students are all… Continue reading

Student Teachers & Writing Workshop

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One of our readers, who has asked to remain anonymous, e-mailed me this morning with regard to the student teacher in their classroom. The person who is student teaching is great, but is… Continue reading

It’s time…

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…for the weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge. Please link your slice to this post by using the Image Linky (below):

Little Notes at Standardized Testing Time

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Well-wish letters Originally uploaded by teachergal This morning was Day 1 of the NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) Reading Test. Since I was up way before dawn, I decided to write each… Continue reading

The First M.M. of October

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Just Seven Days Left to Vote!

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Stacey’s M.M. Post: Baseball

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“Peanuts for sale! Get your fresh hot-roasted peanuts for sale!” I hollered. “How much?” asked my Grandfather, indulging my childhood play. “Fifty cents,” I replied. “Oh, that’s a good deal Morris. Buy two!”… Continue reading