The Lost Apothecary: Write About

I drove home Thursday night with every intention of attending the book club at the brewery at the bottom of the hill. This being the first time I had finished the book – this time Sarah Penner’s The Lost Apothecary– in time since the club started meeting last fall, I was excited and a little…

The Undefeated: Write About

Before you dive into this lesson, scroll down to watch as Kwame Alexander reads aloud our featured text: The Undefeated. Then join me as I focus on Steps 1 & 2 of the Write About routine and engage in – not one, but – two rounds of Steps 3 & 4 here on the blog….

Because of the Rabbit: Write About

Today’s lesson focuses in on steps 3 & 4 of the Write About teach social-emotional learning strategies through the context of a fictional scenario. My Quick-Write Read More About Let’s learn more about mixed feelings and emotional awareness: “Thinking Traps” worksheet for children from Oxford University Press “Detective Thinking Practice “ from Oxford University Press…

The Three Questions: Write About

In today’s lesson, I give space for you to pause and engage in Steps 1 & 2 of the Write About Routine and ideas for how to go beyond into Steps 3 & 4. Scroll down for samples of what this work could look like and other resources. My Quick-Write: My “Write About” To compliment…

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 About

Join me to Write About this week’s featured text: Sharon Creech’s Saving Winslow. Annotations: Quick Write: My “Write About” Below on the left, you’ll see how this scene turned out a topic that gave me something to write about. On the right, I’ve added a few notes about my thinking as I push this through…

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…