Happy Birthday

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Will you do me a favor & pretend it’s Friday? Due to an unexplainable shoddy Internet connection, I was unable to post yesterday. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday… Continue reading

Building a Living Poetry Anthology

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Pat suggested that I work with my students to create a Living Poetry Anthology (I believe Georgia Heard first presented this idea in one of her books.) during my first year of teaching.… Continue reading

Close Observation Yields Remarkable Object Poems

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Poetic Devices I Think Elementary School Kids Can Use (& Should Know About)

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A Poet’s Toolbox Originally uploaded by teachergal We read Valerie Worth’s “Chairs” Poem today prior to Writing Workshop. Before my kids filled out the revised Responding to Poetry Form, we spent time really… Continue reading

WN ENTRY: This Work Matters!

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“Responding to Poetry” – Form Evolution

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Kate and I have been going back-and-forth with “the best” format we can use for getting our kids to start responding to poetry. After something didn’t work as well with my fourth graders… Continue reading

Card-Writing Challenge

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No, I’m not proposing (yet another) challenge for you to do on your blog (to be linked here w/good ol’ Mr. Linky!). However, I’m proposing that you challenge yourself to send someone a… Continue reading

What do you notice about this poem?

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Brainstorming About "Pencils" by Barbara Esbensen Originally uploaded by teachergal Since I came back today, my kids only had one day’s worth of formal poetry instruction. Hence, I wanted to spend some time… Continue reading

Yea! Back to Work Today! :)

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My fever broke. So, as soon as I finish my cup of tea, with lots of honey in it, I’m headed out the door. My kids have the final day of their NECAP… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for the…

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It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means! Time to link your Slice of Life Story by using this Mr. Linky Widget:

SOLSC: Sick

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Compendium of Sickie Meds Originally uploaded by teachergal I don’t like being sick. It’s boring. I hate feeling tired, weak, and gross. I didn’t go to work yesterday since I had a 101-degree… Continue reading

It’s the very first Memoir Monday!

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Want to learn more about this Challenge? If so, click here. Need inspiration? Get started by reading this post and then writing down your own memoir-like entry. All set and ready to begin?… Continue reading

My First “Memoir Mondays” Memory Post

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We were patiently waiting at Logan Airport for the gate agent to call us up for check-in. Alexa hadn’t arrived from DC yet. I was flanked by my parents who were about to… Continue reading

Poetry Walking Tour

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We managed to duck the rain on today’s Providence Poetry Walk. Ten of my twenty students showed up with their family members to do today’s Poetry Walk. I think having 50% of my… Continue reading

Poetry on all of my N&A Charts

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My students are starting their poetry unit of study tomorrow. Hence, all of my News & Announcements Charts for the upcoming week have something poetry-related on them:

A New Challenge Begins Tomorrow

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Our first, of many (I hope), Memoir Mondays begins here at TWT tomorrow. A few folks asked how it works, so here goes: When you arrive at the site, you’ll be prompted to… Continue reading

Writing Workshop Teacher – Reflection

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A few days ago Ruth blogged about “end of the year reflections,” where she posted a link to her wiki where one could download an end of the year teaching reflection about Writing… Continue reading

The Round-Up

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Poetry Friday Round-Up Here’s the Round-Up for the 16th of May: 15 Words or Less Laura Salas Book Reviews were popular this week! Here are others who reviewed poetry books or excerpted poetry… Continue reading

M.M. will begin this Monday, 5/19.

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Please join us! Click here to learn more about our newest writing challenge.

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