Pamela Thomas

Pamela Thomas teaches English and creative writing to seventh and eighth graders. During her twenty-eight year career, she has enjoyed watching technology evolve from computer labs to the current 1:1 model. While the methods of writing and publishing have evolved, she never loses sight of the ultimate goal of teaching students how to find their voice in order to express their ideas. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys quilting, reading, and walking her goldendoodle, Buddy.

Creating an Antagonist

Creating an Antagonist

In creative writing class, middle school students quickly learn the value of creating an interesting antagonist in their short stories. Good stories have captivating antagonists that create conflict for the protagonist.  To introduce this concept, I begin with a discussion of Disney movies.  We brainstorm a list of movies and the notable antagonists.  Cruella DeVille

In creative writing class, middle school students quickly learn the value of creating an interesting antagonist in their short stories. Good stories have captivating antagonists that create conflict for the protagonist.  To introduce this concept, I begin with a discussion of Disney movies.  We brainstorm a list of movies and the notable antagonists.  Cruella DeVille... read more

Using Student Introductions to Present Blogging to Your Students

Using Student Introductions to Present Blogging to Your Students

Looking for a simple assignment to use early in the year?  This assignment achieves several goals early in the year. It introduces student writers to their classmates using the 5 step Writing Process and introduces the class blog. Creating student introductions is one of the first assignments that we post on Kidblog. About the second

Looking for a simple assignment to use early in the year?  This assignment achieves several goals early in the year. It introduces student writers to their classmates using the 5 step Writing Process and introduces the class blog. Creating student introductions is one of the first assignments that we post on Kidblog. About the second... read more

4 Ways to Promote Student Writing on Kidblog

4 Ways to Promote Student Writing on Kidblog

We share our stories and poems on Kidblog in my creative writing class about once a week. How do classmates select the stories they will read?  Do they read in the order they appear? Do they only read their friends’ writing?  What appeals to them? Recently, we discussed the power of promotion.  Publishers know how

We share our stories and poems on Kidblog in my creative writing class about once a week. How do classmates select the stories they will read?  Do they read in the order they appear? Do they only read their friends’ writing?  What appeals to them? Recently, we discussed the power of promotion.  Publishers know how... read more

Take Students’ Writing from Good to Great

Take Students’ Writing from Good to Great

Revision strategies have the power to take a student writing from good to great. Students are skilled at generating lots of ideas in the brainstorming stage of writing.  They are eager writers in the drafting stage. However, when it comes to revising—not just correcting a few typos or run-on sentences—they lack the desire to truly

Revision strategies have the power to take a student writing from good to great. Students are skilled at generating lots of ideas in the brainstorming stage of writing.  They are eager writers in the drafting stage. However, when it comes to revising—not just correcting a few typos or run-on sentences—they lack the desire to truly... read more

“My First Best Poem”

“My First Best Poem”

I overhear a student telling his table partner, “This is my first best poem.” There is so much pride in this comment, as well as enthusiasm for writing future poems. Writing poetry in my creative writing class has become very rewarding for my students—and for me, too.

I overhear a student telling his table partner, “This is my first best poem.” There is so much pride in this comment, as well as enthusiasm for writing future poems. Writing poetry in my creative writing class has become very rewarding for my students—and for me, too.... read more

Capturing the Story with Imagery

Capturing the Story with Imagery

Imagery is the heart of storytelling. In my creative writing class, we begin the semester-long class with an exercise that helps students find the right words to convey to their readers the sensory details that bring the story alive. Eventually students learn that imagery is twofold.  First, it describes using sensory language, and second, it evokes

Imagery is the heart of storytelling. In my creative writing class, we begin the semester-long class with an exercise that helps students find the right words to convey to their readers the sensory details that bring the story alive. Eventually students learn that imagery is twofold.  First, it describes using sensory language, and second, it evokes... read more