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A lesson from my nephew

Sam, who’s six, is an expert on Ninja turtles.  He’s seen all the animations, loves the comics, can name each character, give you their histories and play the stories out in Lego. 410 more words


You don't have to write, you get to write.

After your students decorate their writer’s notebooks and you review your expectations, the notebooks go home.  This is exciting!  Who doesn’t love writing in a new notebook?!!? 474 more words

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A Peek Inside My Writer's Notebook

During the first few weeks of school, many teachers graciously invite me into their classrooms to launch writer’s notebooks.  I love talking to kids about the purpose of a writer’s notebook.   419 more words

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Writer's Notebook: Gnawed Hearts

Today I encountered this quote from French writer Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1819):

“I love men, not for what unites them, but for what divides them, and I want to know most of all what gnaws at their hearts.” 468 more words

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Discussion: Do You Keep a Writer's Notebook?

One of the first essays about creative writing I ever read was “On Keeping a Notebook” by Joan Didion. It’s one of the most influential pieces I’ve read. 141 more words


Something in it. Something about it.

Something in it. Something about it. Her hair, unfamiliar with the humidity, turned in one hundred different frizzing tendrils. A mess. But, all at once windswept in an oblong, lovely. 165 more words


The Beach

Today for Writers Notebook the Daisies listened to me read The Island written by John Heffernan and illustrated by Peter Sheehan. We loved the way the book made us see pictures in our heads. 91 more words

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