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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: https://t.co/I7XZ6XaYIj — 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

https://giphy.com/embed/r8GaguhRgiwH6 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…

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsomersault1824%2Fposts%2F1133745360065457&width=500 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 […]

Movie-in-a-minute

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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