Plan Problems into Narrative Pieces

Plan Problems into Narrative Pieces

Plan Problems into Narrative Pieces April 16, 2018 | [Writing] A story typically begins with a main character in a setting who faces a challenge that he overcomes by the end. With this premise in mind, many teachers begin a narrative writing unit by having the...
Teach Parody with Picture Books

Teach Parody with Picture Books

Picture books provide a perfect way to introduce complex concepts such as parodies. (A parody is more than a patterned imitation. It includes humor, sarcasm, or satire. Understanding parody requires the reader to think comparatively and to make text-to-text...
Share Voice with a Moody Pumpkin Patch

Share Voice with a Moody Pumpkin Patch

While delivering on-site training, Smekens Education consultant Courtney Gordon shot this photo of a bulletin board at South Creek Elementary (Brownsburg, IN). Kindergartners in Julia Butz’s class each were assigned to write a personal narrative. Before writing,...
Celebrate National Poetry Month All Year Long

Celebrate National Poetry Month All Year Long

Although April is the official month for celebrating poetry, consider the power of incorporating a daily dose of poetry into your classroom. Flint Springs Elementary (Huntington, IN) teacher, John Stoffel recently shared his personal purple poetry portfolio that is...