Tag: Creative Writing

Using Poetry across Content Areas

Using Poetry across Content Areas

Much of learning new content is learning new vocabulary.  I am excited to share with you my secret strategy for getting students to write using these new words: poetry.  Most people think of poems as writing that rhymes, but there are dozens of poetry forms that use different syllables and parts of speech.  Even my

Much of learning new content is learning new vocabulary.  I am excited to share with you my secret strategy for getting students to write using these new words: poetry.  Most people think of poems as writing that rhymes, but there are dozens of poetry forms that use different syllables and parts of speech.  Even my... read more

Building Blogging Stamina

Building Blogging Stamina

Young writers many times don’t know where to start writing.  Students can spend an entire 20 minutes thinking of an idea and second guessing themselves out of any idea, often using all of the time allotted for the writing itself.  They typically prefer to oral brainstorm with friends and frequently go with an idea that

Young writers many times don’t know where to start writing.  Students can spend an entire 20 minutes thinking of an idea and second guessing themselves out of any idea, often using all of the time allotted for the writing itself.  They typically prefer to oral brainstorm with friends and frequently go with an idea that... read more

App Smash in the New Year

App Smash in the New Year

For both teachers and students, it can be a challenge to get back into the daily routine after an extended holiday. Even if students had some work to complete over the break, it is still difficult to transition back to the daily bell schedule. Coming up with ways to keep students engaged throughout the year,

For both teachers and students, it can be a challenge to get back into the daily routine after an extended holiday. Even if students had some work to complete over the break, it is still difficult to transition back to the daily bell schedule. Coming up with ways to keep students engaged throughout the year,... read more

Three Paperless Entry or Exit Tasks

Three Paperless Entry or Exit Tasks

Entry tasks are short tasks that I use either at the beginning of the day or as transitions from recess or lunch.  They get everybody warmed up for the next activity while I address the inevitable needs that come up at such times. Every year we seem to have to limit our copying budget.  As

Entry tasks are short tasks that I use either at the beginning of the day or as transitions from recess or lunch.  They get everybody warmed up for the next activity while I address the inevitable needs that come up at such times. Every year we seem to have to limit our copying budget.  As... read more

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

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

Building a Home Base for Publishing, Peer Review, and Exploring Contest Opportunities

Building a Home Base for Publishing, Peer Review, and Exploring Contest Opportunities

As a teacher I am constantly looking for websites that offer works of young authors to share with my students. I pin these links as posts on my blog, and my students know that part of what their teacher offers on Kidblog goes beyond writing assignments for our class.

As a teacher I am constantly looking for websites that offer works of young authors to share with my students. I pin these links as posts on my blog, and my students know that part of what their teacher offers on Kidblog goes beyond writing assignments for our class. ... read more