Teaching Writing

Pre-assessment for Writing – Make it Fun

One of my favorite co-teachers is “throwing out all the boring stuff” and starting off the school year writing genre fiction with her 6th graders! She asked for an opening writing prompt and this is what I made for her: Read more […]

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Remote Teaching and Learning

When we moved to remote learning, I was fortunate enough to be working in a handful of classrooms. I got to teach my genre fiction unit with 6th graders and a brand new narrative non-fiction unit with 7th graders. What I learned, alongside my brave and wonderful co-teachers, is that relationships and the option for complex thinking instead of busywork, created decent conditions for engagement. And Read more […]

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Narrative Non-fiction

For a while now, I’ve become increasingly interested in historical mysteries, beyond the alleged Roswell crash in 1947. The History Channel created a page-a-day calendar with a new unknown or puzzling historical mystery for each day. I’ve been saving the ones I find most interesting for story ideas. For Hanukkah, my aunt gave me The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Eileen Weiss Read more […]

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