Thursday, May 28, 2015
Conventions often occupy most of the time teachers use to teach writing. Here are some thoughts on conventions and how to teach them. Courtesy of choice literacy. Enjoy!
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Why do kids like to write about what foods they love and hate? Maybe it's just my students? Or maybe not?
Check out tomorrow's sacred writing time slide: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612673146998/ to see the slide for which I created the three "writing prompts" below...
Which of my three topic choices would inspire more of your students to write for ten un-interrupted minutes (also known as Sacred Writing Time in my classroom) tomorrow in class? Show the slide and try out all three this Monday and see if you're right!
- Design and write about the "buffet of your dreams."
- What would you do with billions of dollars worth of cheese?
- What if that pizza box was SCORCHING hot instead of just warm? Tell me that story!
Some people mistake our sacred writing time slides as "writing prompts," but they are better described as "writing possibilities." If you've never tried sacred writing with your students, you have plenty of time in this school year to start practicing the technique in order to decide if you want SWT to be a regular routine for your next school year.
If you're a fan of sacred writing, tell us why you think it works so well at our blog: http://writinglesson.ning.com/profiles/blogs/may-11-eat-what-you-want-day Help us spread the word!
--Corbett & Dena HarrisonVisit Writing Lesson of the Month Network at: http://writinglesson.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Here is a short article on writing as well as several on closing out the year. Choice Literacy is one of the best resources for teachers. Take some time and look at their products. They may be a fit for you and your staff. Enjoy.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Wow! I had numerous emails this morning from wonderful teachers asking me to choose a cheaper and not-out-of-print mentor texts, like "31 Uses for a Mom," for future lessons. When I first announced this lesson a few weeks back, there were dozens of used copies available at Amazon for less than $5. Now the cheapest one is $35, which is ridiculous, I agree.
So...here are some alternative mentor texts that would work just as well--perhaps even better because the students couldn't "borrow" directly from author Harriet Ziefert--as they brainstorm uses for the Mom.
"39 Uses for a Friend": http://www.amazon.com/39-Uses-Friend-Harriet-Ziefert/dp/0399236163/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1DBTPFB03TP5W5SVQJ36 Looks like there are currently used copies for a penny!
"41 Uses for a Grandma": http://www.amazon.com/41-Uses-Grandma-Harriet-Ziefert/dp/1609051068/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1DBTPFB03TP5W5SVQJ36
"33 Uses for a Dad": http://www.amazon.com/33-Uses-Dad-Amanda-Haley/dp/1593540280/ref=pd_sim_b_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1DBTPFB03TP5W5SVQJ36 Copies for a penny and reasonably priced new copies!
"40 Uses for a Grandpa": http://www.amazon.com/40-Uses-Grandpa-Harriet-Ziefert/dp/1609052765/ref=pd_sim_b_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=1DBTPFB03TP5W5SVQJ36
No promises on how fast the reasonably-priced copies will go. In two weeks, you users of this cleaned off Amazon's shelves of all the used copies "31 Uses for a Mom". And never forget about your library! I've seen many of Ziefert's books in my nearest branch's picture book section.
--Corbett HarrisonVisit Writing Lesson of the Month Network at: http://writinglesson.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network