Tag: writing

Digging Up the Truth –an interview with #AudreyHepburn biographer, Robert Matzen

I am so in awe of Robert Matzen’s latest biography, DUTCH GIRL: Audrey Hepburn and World War II (on shelves next month: April 15th / GoodKnight), I reached out and asked for an interview. Matzen’s answers are as riveting as the book, itself. See for yourself: “…a long lost brother.” Q. I was touched by… Read more »

True or false: TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE is full of Writing Prompts

A book review AND teaching idea for busy teachers… As a former very-busy teacher, like YOU, I know every minute counts in your school day. So here’s how to mine this cool #kidlit book for awesome WRITING PROMPTS or quick writes, for any grades 1-12 (I’m serious here.): TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE –It’s Alive!  … Read more »

Getting started: Picture Book writing for Student Authors.

Dear Wonderful Teachers: Yes–YOU. On Monday, I talked to a class of Student Authors who are writing their own picture books, and weren’t sure how to get started. It reminded me of the Picture Book Unit that was always a hit with my students. Have you ever tried this? Pair up Kinders or first graders with your Student… Read more »

Second Graders Accept Writing Challenge!

Mrs. Hicks’ 2nd graders from Mt. View Elementary, in Corvallis OR, accepted my writing challenge! Behold their sequels to GOLDIE LOCKS HAS CHICKEN POX: I love them ALL, but the rhymed ones really tickled me. Here are a few excerpts–which pieced together make quite a fun story! Brother Locks has chicken pox from head to toe…. Read more »

Truth Detectives…five activities to teach Ss about media bias

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 »