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Franki’s Weekly Text Set-Launching the Writer’s Notebook

Texts for this Text Set have been posted daily on Instagram. Follow @TextSets there to get daily updates! It’s the time of year where many of us are launching writer’s notebooks with our students. During these first weeks of writing, we want children to become confident writers, to find joy in writing and to see … Continue reading “Franki’s Weekly Text Set-Launching the Writer’s Notebook”

Franki’s Weekly Text Set–Understanding Theme: Books About Friendship

Theme is often a difficult concept for elementary students. Many children give a single word as the theme and stop there. But I’ve found that exploring several books with the same idea/one word theme, helps students dig in and see the more specific theme of the book. So this week’s text set is a set … Continue reading “Franki’s Weekly Text Set–Understanding Theme: Books About Friendship”

#PoemPairs

Three Little Enginesby Bob McKinnonillustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve JohnsonGrosset & Dunlap, 2021review copy provided by the publisher (thanks!) FIRST THE PICTURE BOOK It’s graduation day, and three little engines (Little Blue Engine, Yellow Passenger Engine, and Red Freight Engine) are ready to take their final test and make a solo trip across the … Continue reading “#PoemPairs”

Poetry Friday: Ghazal for Your Cats

Margaret gave the Inklings quite a challenge this month! We wrote ghazals, (Hindi: ग़ज़ल, Arabic: غَزَل‎, Bengali: গজল, Urdu: غزَل, Persian: غزل‎, Azerbaijani: qəzəl, Turkish: gazel, Uzbek: gʻazal, Gujarati: ગઝલ) an ancient Arabic poetry form with five delightfully complicated rules. I found Ravishing DisUnities by Agha Shahid Ali VERY helpful. This collection of ghazals by 100+ poets (including Diane Ackerman, W.S. Merwin, and Maxine Kumin, just to name a few of the … Continue reading “Poetry Friday: Ghazal for Your Cats”

Franki’s Weekly Text Set-Writing Mentors: How Do Different Writers Approach Similar Topics?

Texts for this Text Set have been posted daily on Instagram. Follow @TextSets there to get daily updates! This week’s Text Set focuses on writing mentors. Often for writers, it is helpful to see the various ways different writers approach similar topics. Studying the possibilities is important in all genres and formats of writing. This … Continue reading “Franki’s Weekly Text Set-Writing Mentors: How Do Different Writers Approach Similar Topics?”

Slice of Life

Today’s prompt at the Ethical ELA Open Write is to create a one-sentence poem. Such an easy way in. I read back through my notebook until I found an entry that had a bit that seemed like it could be a poem. QUIET WATERS In that last year, I circled the lake, investigating every cove … Continue reading “Slice of Life”

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