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For the Love of Grammar!

By Adrin Fisher Not to date myself, but when I was in eighth grade, there was this thing called diagramming sentences.  There was a lot of diagramming sentences in my English class:  we headed to the blackboard and grabbed some chalk with our homework papers held in sweaty fists, filling Read more…

By fisheradrin, ago
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We Can All Be Writers

Penny Kittle absolutely ruined reading for me five years ago. You heard me. Destroyed it. In the summer of 2013, at the University of New Hampshire Literacy Institutes, Penny taught me how to read like a writer. Our class studied short poems and discussed the deliberation of the author’s diction with Read more…

By Shana Karnes, ago
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500 Words At A Time

by Cheryl Stahle Can you imagine being only allowed to write 500 words every SIX MONTHS?  In the recently released book, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela, readers explore an intimate portrait of this complicated activist, husband, and father who for 27 years, found ways to communicate to the outside Read more…

By Cheryl Stahle, ago
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Just Write: It’ll Be Ok

BY: LIZ KEIPER This year, one of my teacher-goals was to get my students to write more. If you’re anything like past-self me, when you’re in the middle of a novel unit, you get so wrapped up in during-reading and between-reading activities that you wake up one morning and say, Read more…

By karlahilliard, ago