Poetry Friday Is Here!

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River of Words: Young Poets and Artists on the Nature of Things is a new addition to my growing personal poetry collection. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this text when I… Continue reading

the stack

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I got home about a half hour ago. I checked my email, had a snack, and changed into my old D.G. sweatpants and a comfy t-shirt. And now… I’m ready to start reading… Continue reading

end of year reflections.

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Here in Indiana, we are wrapping up our school year.  That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, in ten more happy-wake-ups, school will be out for the summer!  Don’t the weeks leading up to the… Continue reading

TODAY: Word Up Submission

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TODAY Originally uploaded by teachergal One Little Word is a great blog that pushes its readers to focus on the meaning of one word for them. I’ve been pondering the latest “Word Up”… Continue reading

Blogs & Grammar

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Two months ago Pati, one of the Slice of Life Regulars, left this comment on one of our posts: As I have been working on this “Slice of Life Challenge,” while writing my… Continue reading

Memories on Mondays???

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Jane, who is a regular with the Slice of Life Story Challenge, suggested that we host “Memoir Mondays” here at Two Writing Teachers. I think it’s a wonderful idea, but need to know… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLSC: Lilacs

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We traipsed out to the Lilac Bush, near the road.  Mom, with a sharp knife in her hand, me with scissors, Steph with sandals that blink with each step, and Sam running ahead then… Continue reading

Meme.

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Stacey tagged me, so here it goes. 1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. 2. Each player answers the questions about themselves. 3. At the end of the post,… Continue reading

photos + words finale.

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Let me just say that this week someone is coming to look at our home to see if we will be able to have high speed Internet.  Let me also say I may… Continue reading

Rubric: Memoir Unit of Study

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When I woke up this morning, I realized I never created an assessment rubric for memoir! My first thought was :How could I forget to do that!??! My second thought was: The Publishing… Continue reading

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

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Draft II: A Letter Back to a Student Originally uploaded by teachergal This note is a response to a student who turned-in her second draft yesterday. She did a phenomenal job mentoring herself… Continue reading

Welcome to the Second SOLSC of May!

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It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means! Time to link your Slice of Life Story to this growing community of writers by using this Mr. Linky Widget: Speaking of a growing community,… Continue reading

Meme

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Bonnie tagged me for a meme, so here goes! 1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. 2. Each player answers the questions about themselves. 3. At the end of… Continue reading

SOLSC: Crying in Front of My Class

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My copy of Number the Stars Originally uploaded by teachergal I cried in front of my class today. And no, they didn’t torture me or each other to the point of tears. (Remember,… Continue reading

Structure

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Last week I blogged about the three structures memoir writing I’m teaching my students. Seeing as they’re all walking around saying, “I need more beads,” or “I’m not sure if my car is… Continue reading

Sight Words

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I’m very good about posting our class’s vocabulary words on a classroom bulletin board, but I’ve never had a list of high-frequency words up on the wall. I’m starting to think I should,… Continue reading

Another Way of Responding to Student Writing

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My comments about a student’s memoir (draft one) Originally uploaded by teachergal This is the other way I respond to my students’ drafts for all assignments. I always attach a short narrative with… Continue reading

I’m sitting reading memoirs…

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My students’ first drafts (of their memoirs) are filled with truth and emotion. I started reading them yesterday during Workshop time since some of the kids went home and completed them for homework.… Continue reading

Words + Pictures: Day 5

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Make a Smilebox postcard

An e-mail I didn’t want to see at 4:15 a.m.

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My body woke me up 45+ minutes early this morning. However, I felt awake, ready to face the day… until I saw an email from my cousin informing me that my great-aunt has… Continue reading