“Point-of-View Flip as a Way into Creative Writing”
I’m a big fan of the “point-of-view flip” activity for young writers. That’s where students are asked to retell an existing story (or scene or chapter) from a POV other than the one presented in the original. This exercise can be done with […]
“Tech Timeout, a Playwriting Lesson”
An irritated parent accosted me in the parking lot. “Don’t make my son do that assignment,” she pleaded.
Some years ago I taught playwriting to middle schoolers. The class was an elective so all of them had chosen to be there. Yet when it […]
“Spread Hope and Optimism with STEM Picture Books”
Last year was a challenging year for children. The pandemic disrupted familiar routines associated with school, play, and family life. Kids were thrust into a world with masks, Zoom, and isolation that have taken a toll on their social, emotional, and academic well-being. […]
“The Case for Graphic Novels and Chapter Books”
I have always been a huge reader. At some point during third grade, I discovered my love of stories and have never looked back. Third grade through sixth grade was such a formative time for me as I developed this lifelong love of […]
“Using Anthologies to Teach Writing”
When I was growing up, our family had an Anthology of Children’s Literature. (No doubt one of my mom’s college textbooks!) Even though we regularly checked out books from the library, I spent a lot of time browsing through that book. I loved that I could find stories […]
“7 Ways to Get Your Child Who Reads Less Frequently to Read More”
1. LEAD BY EXAMPLE
If your children see you reading, they will be more inclined to read themselves, especially if they see that you are genuinely engrossed in a book and will to share your experience by talking about what […]
“I Write About the Real World and Real Feelings… by Using Magic”
I like to say that I write about myself without writing about myself, that I try to understand my feelings by writing about someone else’s very similar feelings.
And I use magic to do it.
I have never owned a second […]
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