Professional Development & Resources

Get the Scoop on TRIPLE DIP Kidlit Treats

It's time for a new flavor of posts on this blog. Critical thinking and cross-curricular integration will remain key ingredients in a new quasi-monthly menu of cool kidlit. Consider this is your Welcome to Triple Dip post (i.e. an infomercial for my new work). TRIPLE DIP:  a literary sundae of THREE well-blended books & ONE… Continue reading Get the Scoop on TRIPLE DIP Kidlit Treats

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High School, Professional Development & Resources

Fiction Needs Real Facts

Critical thinking is at the root of all my posts about cross-curricular integration. Resources and teaching ideas rooted in this combination all depend on accuracy and clear understanding of perhaps complicated ideas. This applies to all genres of writing. Today I'm sharing a blog post I published as a Contributing Writer for WriteOnCon 2019. The post… Continue reading Fiction Needs Real Facts

Grade K-2, Grades 3-5, Professional Development & Resources

A More Haunting Halloween

My prior post, Happy Halloween (in 100 words or less), is my first entry for The 8th Annual Halloweensie contest hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill. That entry was both cheery and cheeky. This 2nd story shifts to the more sophisticated reader, yet still follows the same rules:  picture book, readers 12 & under, 100 words… Continue reading A More Haunting Halloween

Grade K-2, Grades 3-5, Professional Development & Resources

Happy Halloween! (in 100 words or less)

I'm participating in the Halloweensie picture book writing contest. Part of the fun is to post my story here and share the link with contest host,  Susanna Leonard Hill. This departure from my normal blog content is timely since after this post I will be bringing a new focus to my posts. I'll still be… Continue reading Happy Halloween! (in 100 words or less)

Grades 6-8, High School, Professional Development & Resources

A Mix of Inspiration for Maxed-Out Creatives

Here's another post I wrote for WriteOnCon 2019. Check it out, then come back here for a list of classroom activities to explore and expand motivational options. 10 Inspiring Flops & False Starts for Frazzled Creators   Activities for Your Class of Creative Minds  Students can... Define FAILURE, SUCCESS, FALSE START. Verify they are definitions.… Continue reading A Mix of Inspiration for Maxed-Out Creatives

Grades 6-8, High School, Professional Development & Resources

20 Picture Book Lessons for Grown-up Writers

Every writer needs picture books. They're a font of wisdom, pro tips, and hacks that can ease any writer's day or manuscript development across most any genre. Check out my blog post at WriteOnCon to see how picture books can help you, too. 20 Picture Book Lessons for Grown-up Writers Consider the 20 lessons and… Continue reading 20 Picture Book Lessons for Grown-up Writers

Professional Development & Resources

Year 2114 has already started in Norway

Katie Paterson is an artist with universal cross-curricular depth and breadth. Literally. The planet and everything beyond is her muse and canvas.  Combining a Romantic sensibility with a research-based approach, conceptual rigor, and coolly minimalist presentation, her work collapses the distance between the viewer and the most distant edges of time and the cosmos.  … Continue reading Year 2114 has already started in Norway