- Visit a new Blog Post at the Ning to learn more about this year's "Mentor Text of the Year": http://writinglesson.ning.
- Sneak Preview September's Writing Lesson of the Month, which might just remind you of the cover picture of our chosen "Mentor Text of the Year": http://corbettharrison.com/
lessons/Giving-Hands-and- Taking-Hands.htm Having my students' hands hanging outside my classroom all year will remind me to keep checking back in Gretchen's book!
- And on a side note, Dena's new Reading Notebook Bingo Cards are getting great reviews. Click here to preview three of the products twenty-five writing lessons. Run the PowerPoint that downloads and opens as a slideshow, and click on the hyperlinks we've programmed in to navigate the product; it's fun, especially when you have the version that features all 25 off Dena's lessons. Dena and I are both excited to roll these out with our students now that we've established Sacred Writing Time and Vocabulary Collecting routines.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Here's the latest message from Dena and Corbett Harrison. Enjoy:)
Once again, we will be having a "Mentor Text of the Year" Program at our website; remarkably, this will be the sixth year of this program I started years back. Each school year, based on a self-selected classroom theme, we choose a special, idea-packed mentor text to find inspiration in when creating monthly lessons to post here at the Ning. This year our theme will be "The Year of Expository Writing," and we've selected Gretchen Bernabei's The Story of My Thinking to guide our thinking as we create new lessons to feature every month.
Week #3 begins for us tomorrow morning! My kids already think SWT is the best part of their school day. You have to teach it with exuberance from the get-go. If you love it, they will too. I leave my own writer's notebook out for them to look through, and they pour over my previous days' entries every school day now.