Dear Teacher pals, No doubt you’ve found many teaching moments in the past week. Here are five activities I’ve used in my own classroom to teach BIAS and SLANT in the media and turn your students into TRUTH DETECTIVES. What just happened? — The truth about “eye-witness” views. Ahead of time, arrange with two upper grades students… Read more »
Three #amwriting #writingprocess reminders from the Olympics. (Obrigada, Brasil!)
Confession: While I’m incredibly inspired by each Olympic athlete, my current personal best is an occasional sprint to the fridge between competitions. Thus, I hereby justify my Olympic-binge-watching by offering three #writingprocess take-aways. #amwriting reminders too. Dive in. When I teach the WRITING PROCESS, I neglect one of the hardest parts: The WAITING PROCESS. Like an athlete’s Olympic… Read more »
What To Expect When You’re Expecting–a BOOK! part13: Season’s Readings*!
SEASON’S READINGS*, friends! (*Credit to Paul W. Hankins for that clever phrase.) It feels like Christmas came early this year, thanks to the wonderful people at @scbwi who included THIS CRAZY BLOG on their main page BLOGROLL for the month– along with some incredible names in children’s publishing. Wow! (For those of you visiting for… Read more »
Start Their New Year with Words
Use this acrostic pattern for a quick write or warm-up, a prompt or just a fun poem. Writing level may vary. I’d recommend grades 2 and up, but you may have some awesome K-1’s, or you could do it in a group. I’ve used it with ELL , middle school, high school and the results… Read more »
Celebrate Dr. Seuss and teach prepositional phrases!
According to Charles D. Cohen’s Seuss biography, THE SEUSS AND NOTHING BUT THE SEUSS (Random House/2004), Ted Geisel loved playing with words. Even at age 14, he wrote “O Latin,” a parody of Walt Whitman’s “O Captain, My Captain!” for the Recorder. So why not celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday (or just have fun teaching prepositional… Read more »