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Franki’s Weekly Text Set–   Using Guides to Help Us: Our Own Unlearning and For Use in the Classroom

Texts for this Text Set have been posted daily on Instagram.  Follow @TextSets there to get daily updates! This week, I am focusing on a set of books that have incredible Educator Guides. I am not usually a fan of teacher guides as in the past, they have not been responsive to student needs. And … Continue reading “Franki’s Weekly Text Set–   Using Guides to Help Us: Our Own Unlearning and For Use in the Classroom”

Poetry Friday — Autumn Cento

Autumn Cento  Little grey dreamsholding up the hawk:a blur in the periphery.I’ve little time left.Everything’s been said.My heart is so giant this eveningfollowing oldmigratory patterns that would have been better left alone.Someone raised a camera to capture us both in a moment;the only gift I have to give. ©Mary Lee Hahn, 2021 SOURCES: 1. Little … Continue reading “Poetry Friday — Autumn Cento”

Ode to Thanksgiving

Tomorrow I’ll share my Ode to Autumn for the Poetry Sisters’ challenge. In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving! (Gratitudes to Brad West and Unsplash for the photo.)

Franki’s Weekly Text Set–Talking Bubbles in Informational Books

Texts for this Text Set have been posted daily on Instagram.  Follow @TextSets there to get daily updates! Young writers love to use talking bubbles and to play around with humor and graphics in their writing. But there are a lot of craft moves that go along with doing that well. Young readers love informational … Continue reading “Franki’s Weekly Text Set–Talking Bubbles in Informational Books”

Poetry Friday: Dormancy

I’m endlessly fascinated by the intricacies of nature. Black Swallowtails don’t migrate. The last brood of caterpillars to hatch sense the approach of fall: the length of the days shorten, and the weather begins to cool. These last caterpillars go into diapause before the pupa hardens into a chrysalis, producing their own form of antifreeze … Continue reading “Poetry Friday: Dormancy”

Franki’s Weekly Text Set-Reading and Writing: Question and Answer Format

Texts for this Text Set have been posted daily on Instagram.  Follow @TextSets there to get daily updates! I was thinking about how much elementary students love the Who Would Win? series. I never really looked closely at it but when I did, I realized what a great mentor it is. There is more to … Continue reading “Franki’s Weekly Text Set-Reading and Writing: Question and Answer Format”

Franki’s Weekly Text Set: Indigenous People-Authentic Representations

Texts for this Text Set have been posted daily on Instagram. Follow @TextSets there to get daily updates! It is almost November and I’ve already seen horrible misrepresentations of Indigenous People as we near the Thanksgiving holiday. Our children learn harmful and incorrect stories of “Pilgrims and Indians” as early as preschool. Along with correct … Continue reading “Franki’s Weekly Text Set: Indigenous People-Authentic Representations”

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