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Jenn Stefaniak

Book Review: “Models for Teaching Writing-craft Target Skills” by Freeman and Koehler

No doubt about it, reading positively affects writing; however, educators often struggle with how to integrate the former into writing instruction. Freeman and Koehler seek to meet that need with Models for Teaching Writing-craft Target Skills, a teacher’s guide for utilizing “the strong connection between reading and writing.” Using “literature models,” the authors present their […]

Words of Wonder

It never fails. Whenever I visit my mother for a few days, I make my way to the basement bookcases. A bouquet of old stain, pine and mildewed pages welcomes me as I peruse my fondest childhood memories that line the shelves.  Each time it seems that one or two books find special notice, and […]

Teach Writing with Focused Reading

When I first started homeschooling, I spent days scouring the Internet for ideas on teaching writing, and whoa, was I hit with barrages of information. It was overwhelming for sure, but I managed to weed out some good ideas.  The frustrating part was that most of what I found was just that—concepts, with little to […]