You Love a Thing? Write Like

Today’s slice is inspired by Jacqueline Woodson’s poem “You Love a Thing?” in Before the Ever After. Do You Love a Thing? When I was little, I didn’t mind writing so much as I was good at it. I won essay contests and got A’s on papers and was even accused with “Is this all…

The Lost Apothecary: Write Like

When a text invites us to become its apprentice, when we study closely the author’s choice of topic, process, craft, when we are compelled to write in the style of that author, that text is a mentor. The writing we do is like the text. You can learn more about this and the Write About routine by visiting…

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…

Coaches Create Learning Spaces, Too.

“You mean your office?” my husband asked this morning as I described the space set aside for me at my new school. “Office” does not seem the right word for the space I envision. This is not just a space where I will work to get things done. Learning will happen here. I will make…

Someday

Even as I sit to write, the words have been replaced, erased, displaced by lyrics. Can you hear it? The very spirit Of our trading chartered, begged and bartered, early slaughtered founding father? My daughter her eyes would roll, she’d scroll on by, not even bother. But these words, they’d keep on ringing without hesitation…

The Undefeated: Write Like

This is for the educators. Today’s lesson focuses in Steps 3 & 4 of the Write Like routine so that we can imitate the power in Kwame Alexander’s language and craft for The Undefeated. For the “Write About” lesson that launched us into the topics of this text, which includes Kwame’s reading of the text,…

Because of the Rabbit: Write Like

Today’s lesson walks us through all four steps of the Write About Routine using a few additional sources to shore up our work in “mindfully embracing” our emotions and gearing up to model this for our students and children. For the “Write About” lesson that launched us into the topics of this text, click here….

The Three Questions: 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 an excerpt of the text and more artifacts from and resources for this lesson scroll down. My Try It: My “Write Like” When is the right time…

Clean Getaway: Write Like

For the “Write About” lesson that launched us into the topics of this text, click here. Scroll below for a full copy of the text used in today’s Write Like. My Write Like Try It: After a little polishing, here is the result: The photo album that sits across her lap is easily twenty years…