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Category: Tell A Story

Scary things.

In the spirit of Halloween, have students write two-sentence horror stories. I like #10. Thanks to my colleague, Taylor Thorne, for these: — Kelly Gallagher (@KellyGToGo) October 31, 2018 […]

Tell your story.

You’re 8 years old. Your 3rd grade class orders chinese food & your father delivers it. You are so excited to see your pops in school. He’s your hero. But […]

Saving Summer: Where the Stories Are via GIPHY If you follow the Notice and Note site on Facebook (and why are you still reading this if you’re not?!), you will see many teachers asking for […]

Metaphorically speaking… At one point my life, I self-applied the moniker “Queen of the Metaphors.” Perhaps my crown tarnished a tad due to adjusting verbiage to suit more concrete/sequential folks, including […]

The Case of Kelly's Curious Curation

Note: Here is the challenge: take one hour on a Saturday or Sunday and curate your own list of three things you could make into a mini-unit, writing prompt, etc.  […]

Write-It-Right Wednesday

We are writers. Writing serves my creative mania. In my classroom, historically, we write more than we read. Do I love books? Of course! Am I passionate and excited about […]

…the unbearable lightness of knowledge…

There is a popular how-to book going around the ‘net now titled The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. Since I have invested a […]

Media Festival: Fear Unit

Note: Working on curating a variety of media and text(s) for thematic units. Bear with me, this is the best place, this blog, where I can archive/collect these materials. I […]

Story power.

Stories are powerful, and make things stick. And teachers: it’s okay if you tell stories. Your talk is important, too, when balanced. Really. I am a proponent of the well-timed […]


What does one do with a flirtatious, frisky, and fidgety group of 8th grade students? Well, what would Spielberg do? He would make a movie, that’s what. So, the challenge: […]

Interview with an immortal.

What would Zeus do? Those are the questions you’re asking as you analyze a character. There are many ways to analyze a character.    Ask yourself: What do you look […]

Chocolate healing.

My son told me an interesting fact this weekend, and I verified it on the ‘net: 4. “Illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing […]

Hey, you, get off of my cloud.

Impulsivity + Meanness=Regret. I am still trying to find forgiveness for something I did when I was about seven or eight years old. When I was on the playground, one […]

Monster spray.

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear”–Mark Twain On Wednesday, while we were reviewing the final Journey of the Hero project, I shared a […]

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