Two Writing Teachers Turns One Today!

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1st blog birthday card to ruth Originally uploaded by teachergal One year ago, today, Ruth and I started this blog. For two months we wrote content and tried to finesse it so that… Continue reading

553 + Counting.

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The number of comments Ali Edwards has in her most recent post.  She is hosting a contest and to enter, people leave a comment with their “favorite tip to getting the words down… Continue reading

Story Telling in 104 Degree Heat

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Yesterday we headed to Massachusetts for our final field trip of the year. We were supposed to visit the Sculpture Park at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln. However, it was going to be… Continue reading

SOLSC: Lake + Cousins + Changes.

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  Sunday afternoon we rounded the bend and sunlight glittered off the lake.  “Oh my goodness!” a tiny voice whispered in the back.  We turned down the gravel lane, past the monsterous houses… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday, so that means it’s time for the

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Welcome to the second edition of the Slice of Life Story Challenge for the month of June. Please link your Slice of Life Story here by clicking on the link below.

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Collecting Memories

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Not so much a memoir post, but a post about collecting memories.  Soon after the girls arrived in our home a book arrived in my mail.  Photo Freedom by Stacy Julian has revolutionized… Continue reading

Favorite Genres

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One of the questions on my Year-End Writing Evaluation was “What was your favorite genre/unit of study this year and why?” All of the kids only choose three genres from a list of… Continue reading

Shifting Gears: From Drafting to Revision and Editing

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Poetry is one of my favorite genres to teach. I simply love the way the genre empowers ALL kids to have success with their words. (Quite frankly, I wish I could teach it… Continue reading

SOLSC: Multi-tasking

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THE BASICS: Late Saturday afternoon. On the elliptical rider. Listening to “Bombay Dreams” on my MP3. Watching the replay of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ‘Farewell’ Speech. THE BACK-STORY: When I was in college I… Continue reading

Summer Goals Meme

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Megan from Read, Read, Read tagged Ruth and I for a summer goals meme. I guess I’ll get to it for the Stacey part of “Stacey at Ruth at Two Writing Teachers.” Here… Continue reading

Memoir Mondays

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Please link your memoir post here by clicking on the image linky below.

Memoir Mondays: A Not-So-Great Idea

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There are things that I’ve done in the name of beauty… Using Summer Soliel in my hair as a teenager is one of those things. Waxing my brows is another. However, the dopiest… Continue reading

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Mentor Poems Lesson

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Starting My Poetry Craft Table Originally uploaded by teachergal Tomorrow, I’m doing some explicit instruction on identifying poetic tools in poems we admire and then trying to use those tools in our own… Continue reading

the big picture.

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Yesterday I received a note in snail mail from a former student who graduated this year.  Here is what it said, typed as closely as possible to the original: Thank you Mrs. Ayres,… Continue reading

All Chocked-Up

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Regular readers of this blog might remember how impressed I was with one of my students who artfully mentored her memoir after Cynthia Rylant last month. She’s also been writing some amazing poems… Continue reading

Picture Book-Palooza

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On Thursday afternoon my students counted the photocopies of the book covers that I have hanging on clotheslines all around our classroom. Nearly every book I’ve read (save a few whose covers I… Continue reading

INSPIRATION for Memoir Mondays: Mistakes from the Past

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Ever do something that you look back on and think, “What was I thinking?” Well, when I came across this photo of my feet (Sorry, but I have to post it for you… Continue reading

Are you up for one more challenge?

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When Ruth and I developed Two Writing Teachers last year, we wanted it to be a place where teachers could be fueled with a passion for teaching, writing, and living. We also wanted… Continue reading

An Original Acrostic Poem for Poetry Friday

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I’m teaching acrostic poetry to my students today. That fact, coupled with the present Word Up/One Little Word Challenge involving the word ONE, I decided to mesh the poetry and the OLW Challenge… Continue reading

Literacy For All

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Between presenting at NEATE and at NCTE, my fall is going to be very full. However, when I received the brochure for the 19th Annual Literacy for All Conference, which is held annually… Continue reading