Clean Getaway: Write About

In this mini-lesson I focus on steps 3 & 4 of the “Write About” routine using an excerpt from Nic Stone’s Clean Getaway, with an emphasis on using the routine to explicitly teach content across multiple sources. My Quick Write and Write About Below you’ll see my first quick write, using key words from Clean…

Saving Winslow: Write Like

In this mini-lesson I apply the first two steps of my revised “Write Like” routine to an excerpt from Sharon Creech’s Saving Winslow. Add your Write Like to the comments below for a chance to win a copy of the book! For the “Write About” lesson that launched us into the topics of this text,…

Saving Winslow: Write About

Join me to Write About this week’s featured text: Sharon Creech’s Saving Winslow. Annotations: Quick Write: Lesson Resources “Write About” Saving Winslow mini-lesson. Please note, this lesson is not meant to serve as a script, but rather to make my thinking visible to those who might wish to replicate the lesson format and/or content. Excerpt…

Born a Crime: Write Like

For the “Write About” lesson that launched us into the topics of this text, as well as featured a full reading of the excerpt below, click here. For the link to the text, scroll down. Try It: Here are the pages in my notebooks and the full text after I annotated it. My “Write Like”…

Born a Crime: Write About

Quick-Write (unedited, obviously): Keyy word: education/canon Education is biased. THe histroy that we are taught is tangled int he history of the victorious, the rich, the powerful. Being taught how to think critically in one thing that we can do regardless of the educational canon. The canon reminds us that LIncoln was one of our…

It’s What We Do

“I think you should sleep on it,” my husband told me last Friday. I was holding my phone up so he could read the draft of a post that went something like this: I wasn’t sure how I felt about having these ideas. On a Friday. In April. With two months to go. It had…

Just Three

We stood at the counter this morning, two coffee cups clutched over an unexpected break in the morning. Contrast this to the first day when you tried to stay quiet while you got ready to leave the house, tried to get my attention so I’d know you were headed out the door, and left with…

City Drive

I log out of the final chat of the day. I feel full to bursting, close to tears. I can’t name this. Don’t know what this is. Don’t even want to try. But I have a hunch what might work. It’s what has worked for more than twenty years. I grab my keys, my wallet,…

Sprained Slice

“What should we do today?” Mom asked just after noon. “Go for a drive? Go to the track and throw the football around?” No, I think, don’t leave us here. The past couple of times they’ve left, they’ve put us outside. I hate being outside without them. “No, I want to just stay here.” Cam…

Sinking In

Intensity rising to a peak at the end of lap two, sweat breaks like a clean fever, burning both my lungs and legs. On little stick legs, finches flock by the pairs into the puddles, until, braving the height, they flit to a perch atop the Suburban and slide down the back window before taking…