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WHN- What’s Happening Now

Here is a quick check-in that I do with my middle school students (it can be done orally or written):  as they are reading I ask them, “What’s happening now?” To answer they need to say, “[character] [description] is [setting] [-ing verb + phrase] because/ while/ …  . This format requires them to talk about […]

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Writing Across the Disciplines

I just came across this graphic on Twitter and thought you might like to see how ASCD organized their thinking about reading, writing and thinking across the disciplines. Write like a Scientist ✏📈 awesome resource from @ASCD. What does Literacy look like in your subject. Contact enquiries@impact.wales for support to find out! pic.twitter.com/6lAwXCAt7m — Impact […]

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Flash Fiction

A while back El Comercio, a newspaper here in Lima, held a flash fiction contest (micro relatos in Peruvian).  The goal was to tell a story in 50 words or less.  I entered with the story below (Spanish version) but did not win. I still had fun writing it! Flash fiction is a wonderful genre […]

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Week One

I started this website one week ago … some progress has been made.  The Narrative and Poetry sections have advanced the most.  I also added a .org to the site (I am very non-profit!), giving it its own name.  As I mentioned before, this site is a work in progress. A few weeks ago this […]

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New Year, Newly Organized

In honor of the new year, the year I turn 50, I have decided to organize the information I have learned, gathered, and created around the teaching of writing, especially to middle school students.  It is January 3, 2018 and I just started… so be patient.  Please check back and offer suggestions, resources and ideas. […]

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