Mentor Text Monday!

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Any Amy Krouse Rosenthal book is a great read aloud but this book is FUN and is really a springboard for creative thinking.

After reading Yes Day, students will create and write about the events of their special day.

The endpapers of the book provide some brainstorming ideas:

  • Not Gonna Happen Day
  • Never Day
  • International symbol day
  • Talk Backward Day

I have had kids create ICE CREAM DAY, READ DAY, and EAT DAY!

Happy Reading! Happy Writing!

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Welcome October!

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To celebrate the month of October I found a copy of Neil Gaiman’s version of Hansel and Gretel.

 

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From a writing perspective, Storyaday’s Julie Duffy talks about the Hansel and Gretel structure of story. You can listen to her take on it at this link here.

There’s something about fairy tales that seems very autumnal for me and this Neil Gaiman version has these wonderful illustrations done by Lorenzo Mattotti which gives it a spooky feeling.

I also love the short story by Neil Gaiman for October too:  Click Clack Rattlebag

Does anyone have any spooky short stories they can recommend to welcome October?

 

I am combining challenges this October. I am combining the word prompts from Inktober and Kate Motaung FMF Five Minute Friday .

Today I am writing a story inspired by POISONOUS and STORY. I started dictating while in the car  – it is going to be FUN!

 

I started The Dinner List and couldn’t be more excited! I also found out On Writing by Stephen King is an audiobook.

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#happywriting #happyreading

Mystery Blogger Award!

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Hi everyone! I am so honored to have been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Books, Life, and Everything Nice! She’s an amazing blogger! Please check out her blog. A great big thank you for the nomination!

The award was created by Okoto Enigma. The explanation on her blog is as follows:

The “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

RULES

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things About Myself:

  1. I want to retire in Minnesota.
  2. I cannot play the piano but can play the violin.
  3. I love ultra running but have no desire to do a triathlon.

My Questions:

  1. What’s the funniest experience you’ve had on vacation? When in Hawaii, I went to a ranch and learned to lasso!
  2. What’s your favorite reading snack? Coffee and bread!
  3. How do other people describe you? Intense and passionate
  4. Of which accomplishment from last year are you most proud? Writing 31 stories for STORYADAY MAY
  5. What 3 things would you tell your younger self? Don’t follow the status quo. Follow all the white rabbits you want to and don’t be afraid.

My Nominees

https://lifewithktkinnes.com/

https://cornishmaidblog.com/

https://lifetravelsoul.com/

https://exquisitely.me/

https://bekadaisies.com/

https://bitchininthekitchen.org/

https://artsychiccreations.wordpress.com/

 

My Questions for them:

1.What was something you used to believe, but you no longer do?

2.What were the components of your best day ever?

3.What are you working on you are excited about?

4.Once upon a time or It was a dark and stormy night?

5.What do you find fills your creative well the best?

 

My 3 Favorite Posts

One – Quick Dinner

Two – Emotional Bank Account

Three MAGIC!

Sunday Morning Coffee Talk

 

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Come sit with me and have a cup of coffee and let’s chat!

I am thinking about the question today: What makes me feel most alive? It comes from Emily P. Freeman who I adore as an author and speaker.

After I read this question in her book, A Million Little Pieces I realized I didn’t know the answer automatically.

What I used to think from a couple years ago, and what I think now is gravely different.

Now, writing makes me feel alive. Just the process really. I do enjoy the POWER SURGE from getting published or simply a comment from a reader, but the act of writing is where the joy and life is for me.

I used to say running made me feel alive. Working out does to a certain extent but now it is more of a necessity and tires me more than an elixir.

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Reading always makes me feel alive. Always. I love to think about the way that people think and learn something too. Any recommendations for me today?

Most importantly, my husband and my children make me feel alive. The love I give and receive from them compares to nothing else.

Thanks for sitting with me and helping me work through this question this Sunday morning!

What makes you feel most alive? Let’s make this a conversation…

 

 

3-2-1 With A Twist

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I was tagged by the wonderful and amazing A Guy Called Bloke for 3-2-1 Quote with a twist. This time with an Alice in Wonderland theme which I adore! I love Alice and Wonderland and even had a white rabbit tattoo!

 

Rules: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

 

Topic For Today: “Through Your Looking Glass”

Inspired by Finding French Charming

Something a little different today, and your quotes will be down to your interpretation of Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland. They can be from this creation or about it.
My quotes are about madness!

“In that direction,” the Cat said, waving its right paw round, “lives a Hatter: and in that direction,” waving the other paw, “lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they’re both mad.”
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” —Chapter 6, Pig and Pepper
“Really, now you ask me,” said Alice, very much confused, “I don’t think—”
“Then you shouldn’t talk,” said the Hatter. —Chapter 7, A Mad Tea-Party

My Brief Reflections:

We are all mad in our own ways. How we fit together is really how our own type of crazy matches up! We find our tribes by the type of crazy that interlock like puzzle pieces!

I wholeheartedly agree that is you don’t think,  you should definitely not talk.

You’re It! Please post your own 2 quotes about Alice!

Marta

wahooliteracyteacher

Lauryn

#happyquoting

 

 

 

When Do You Feel Magic??

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When do I feel everyday magic? I see magic in the eyes of children. I see magic when the eyes light up when I am reading a book and I “suck” them in. I have them on the edge of their seat leaning forward listening for every word that comes out of my mouth in anticipation of the story. I love stories and therefore so do they.

I feel magic in Christmas. The light of the Christmas tree that gives that zip of energy to your heart when you walk in the room. The nostalgia and memories of happy days and surprises. family being together and the tradition of the holiday itself. The Hygge of the season and winter itself!

I feel magic in bookstores. There is magic in all the words contained within pages on shelves. A new bookstore has a different feeling than a used bookstore. There is depth in the stories that have imprinted themselves on the worn pages of the volumes contained. They have traveled to this destination to share their experience when you take them off the shelves and bring them to a new home. Just imagine the houses, bags, and public transportation these books have been traveled. Some have gone great distances.

Bookstores in airports are always full of best sellers and magazines. I wonder if there are any people that only read on planes and only buy books at the airport. Where do these volumes go afterward? To a book lover friend? Left randomly along the travel route?

I feel magic in moments of anticipation. When I am driving home and cannot wait to see my husband. The anticipation of a nice dinner where you get dressed up and go out…or stay in. The magic moment of seeing a loved one that you haven’t seen for awhile. The moment you pick up someone from the airport.

I feel magic in a walk or run especially when you are taking a day off from work. There is magic in the air because a sense of vacation is around.

I feel magic imagining conversations with writer Lydia Davis after I read about her interactions with her friends about reading poetry and writing together. I love the feeling of the same magic that happens in my create group with my friend Jane. There was magic in journal club. I hope to find the same magic in the new writer group.

It is hard to define the pull of another person that you desire to spend time with and share. There is a small circle of people who you find emotionally nourishing that feed your creative soul, but it is definitely magic.

I feel magic when I am writing. Putting words to the page trying to get it “just right” is magic!

I feel magic in the things that catch you off guard and make you smile. The effervescence emotion that emerges in a smile you cannot contain.

When do you feel magic?

Top Tips for Prompting Reluctant Writers

  • First and foremost there must be a relationship between the teacher and the student. Some students just need to believe that they can write or that they have something interesting to say.
  • Find something that interests that student and hook on to it.
  • I tell the students all the time, “I can help you be a better writer but you have to write something. I cannot help a blank page.”
  • We can all be writers with a lowercase W.
  • Let them talk…and don’t worry about getting all the words on the paper all the time. If they are really reluctant, scribe for them.
  • Let them type on the computer instead of writing it out.
  • Some students always need a graphic organizer…let them use one…even if it is just a list. Sharing with a friend may be an option as well. Timelines are also an option.
  • Explain the standardized test situation – they are judged, we are judged…it is how it is…place the importance on the task.
  • Have the students set some goals for writing – short term and long term.
  • CHOICE is very important! Topic, writing medium, paper, place to write, etc.
  • Give them specific academic feedback on how they are doing and try to stick to behaviors at first you are trying to encourage.
  • Use sentence stems to get them started – make an anchor chart for class/period favorites
  • Only ask for one sentence at a time…at first.
  • Give ample time to write
  • Celebrate successes!

 

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