Category Archives: Writing

[Mentor Text Monday] Emails

My Mentor Text Monday posts are few and far between these days. But every once in a while, I think of some type of text to share. These posts are about me as a reader, a writer, and a communicator. Today … Continue reading

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[Mentor Text Monday] Author’s Craft

Have you ever finished a book and didn’t want to put it down? I just finished a great YA book and I was so sad to reach the end. The story ended well, but I wasn’t yet finished with the … Continue reading

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[Mentor Text Monday] What Should Be

I recently began to listen to an audiobook during my work commute- A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban. From the first chapter I was thinking about the writing as a possible mentor text (which was especially hard considering I … Continue reading

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Things I’m Loving Friday, Volume 5

I enjoy sharing a quick list of the learning and leading (and some fun) “things” that are capturing my attention, sparking my curiosity, or pushing my thinking. I love reading Barb’s versions as well! I would love it if you … Continue reading

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[Mentor Text Monday] Tweets

I haven’t posted a Mentor Text post in a while, due to most of my reading being dense research articles. I remind my readers that research articles are not the type of writing you want students or teachers, or most normal … Continue reading

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[Mentor Text Monday] Paragraphs

For my latest mentor text discussion, I am going to study how authors create paragraphs. Based on my recent posts on writing (Fear & Formulas) and discussions with friends and colleagues, I wanted to explore the idea of what a … Continue reading

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Formulas for Writing?

After reading my post about the fear some teachers have of writing, one of my best friends told me she was very upset. As a middle school English teacher, she agreed with my notion that many teachers, especially non-English teachers … Continue reading

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Fear of Writing

Lately I have seen versions of this phrase used over and over again (mostly in Slice of Life blogs!): In order to be a teacher of writing, one must be a writer.  While I was unable to participate in the SOL … Continue reading

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[Mentor Text Monday] Quotes

My mentor text posts have been missing for quite a while. Those pesky research articles don’t lend themselves as mentor texts for creative writing… usually! However, one of my recent research reads (unplanned alliteration!) had some quotations that stood out … Continue reading

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[Mentor Text Monday] Blogs & Pictures

I’m taking this mentor text in a different direction today. Since this is a blog post, I’m going to demonstrate how I use another writer’s blog as a mentor text for my own blog post. Barb’s post on using pictures … Continue reading

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