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How are you teaching creativity in the classroom? Years ago, I picked up a book titled 100 IDEAS FOR TEACHING CREATIVITY by Stephen Bowkett, in his introduction he explains that establishing a creative classroom is an approach to educate, not an add-on to the curriculum.  I like how he uses the term “brain science” and …
Study Authors’ Craft- What Do Authors Do? A person can learn to write better by studying published authors and their books. This process has helped me become a better writer but also a better teacher. My “I can” statements often have to do with “what authors do” in writing tasks. (“I can” statements let students …
A lesson using picture book Elwood Bigfoot by Jill Esbaum   What? I used this “making friends” story to break the ice in a new school setting as well as to introduce reading and writing strategies, like predicting, summarizing, word choice. Why? We study author’s craft: Authors use specific, perfect words when writing a story. How? We …
Picture Book Mentor Texts in the Classroom Part 2 Sentence Structure   Previously in class, we’ve zeroed in on sentences that intrigue us in some way. Maybe it’s the sound of the words, or the picture the words paint in our minds. I called them “golden lines.”   All the while, I’ve been studying the craft …
Picture Book Mentor Texts in the Classroom   During these last few days, my students are so excited because they have a chance to write their own fantasy picture book story, using picture books as mentor texts and models.  Today, two of my students were jumping up and down like they just won the lottery….all …
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