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Life and History (history is life)

A Toy Monkey That Escaped Nazi Germany And Reunited A Family I began this project I called “dismantling the essay” or “disrupting the essay,” and it continues. Driving home today, […]

protecting readers

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved to read. Her mother read her books. When baby sisters came along she read books to herself. Her dad […]

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 […]

Sturdy Structures and Tapestries

Every time I feel I have my Professor McGonagall-mojo in place, inevitably realize I am only a Trelawney. I want to be firm, peering over the edge of my spectacles, […]

Student Writing: Blogs

This post is a bit specific, written for a colleague: if none of this helps you, swipe on by. The question is how to start student blogging and grading with […]

The Writer’s Retreat

  Deliciously, when many teachers around the nation are going back to school, this is sweet revenge for those of us who do not return until the last week of […]


I am so doing this. There are badges involved.

Summer Series of Saves: The Cockroach (II)

New Yorker cartoons often remind me of the importance of prior knowledge. — Kelly Gallagher (@KellyGToGo) July 3, 2018 When Kelly Gallagher tweeted about prior knowledge, he hit on […]

New Writing North

#NationalWritingDay @writeday South Shields: I feel most free when….. A fantastic group poem on this year’s theme. — New Writing North Young Writers (@NWNyoungwriters) June 23, 2018 @NWNyoungwriters @NewWritingNorth […]

Storytelling for the digital age

This is a tragic story. It’s the story of how we lose one another, how men hurt women, the women who bear them children and love them. It’s of a […]

poetry month 30 ways to celebrate national poetry month Request a free copy of the National Poetry Month poster until mid-April; posters can be purchased for $5.00 each […]

Favorite Lessons: Box of Destiny

A wonderful question appeared on one of my ELA social media groups the other day, “What was your favorite lesson/unit you created?” and immediately I thought of the (say this […]

Move heaven and earth…

What feeds your soul? If I didn’t know about The Odyssey…or ancient storytelling, what would my relationship with incredible texts be with N.K. Jemison, Junot Diaz, Adrianne Huron, Neil Gaiman, Naomi Alderman, […]

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