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Karen Mool
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Angela K. Robarge replied to Karen Mool's discussion Where to start in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"I am also new to 4th grade this year. I am extremely overwhelmed! I teach two 4th grade classes of Reading, Writing and Language Arts each day, and I have no idea where to begin with writing instruction. Do I begin with the Ideas trait and go from…"
Sep 8, 2012
TINA MARIE HOFFMAN replied to Karen Mool's discussion Where to start in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"T hink of a favorite movie or anything that is special to you and start wtiting about it."
Mar 17, 2012
Angela Naumann replied to Karen Mool's discussion Where to start in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"A life map is a graphic organizer that the students create that "maps" out their life memories in a chronological order.  This is just one way we help students start to think of ideas.  I teach 4th grade so I like to have…"
Jul 27, 2011
Chandra Hough replied to Karen Mool's discussion Where to start in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"Can you describe what a "life map" is?"
Jul 24, 2011
Angela Naumann replied to Karen Mool's discussion Where to start in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"I teach 4th grade writing, and we (our writing team) like to start with reading Mem Fox's Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge.  We talk about our special memories (something warm, gold, something that makes you cry, etc) and brainstorm…"
May 11, 2011
Lisa Abrams replied to Karen Mool's discussion Where to start in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"Start with 10 of your favorite books, books that you know and connect with. Study these books. What makes them so good? Look at the craft (similes, beginnings, rising action, etc) and document this information. These can be your mini-lessons. Good…"
Sep 10, 2010
Karen Vanek replied to Karen Mool's discussion Where to start in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"Start small, include sketching or drawing of things near and dear to the students. Then have them focus on one item to describe and make connections to why it's important to them. Let students know that rambling is OK sometimes and that great…"
Sep 9, 2010
Christine Pleiman replied to Karen Mool's discussion Where to start in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"Karen, look at what you have to teach according to your district/state. Usually personal memoirs or biographies are a genre you will need to cover. These are really good to start your year out with."
Sep 3, 2010
Corbett Harrison replied to Karen Mool's discussion Where to start in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"Hi Karen, Well, there's a whole page of high-quality lessons posted at our "Lesson of the Month" archive: http://www.unr.edu/educ/nnwp/Mini_Lesson_of_the_Month_Club.html#archive --Corbett"
Sep 1, 2010
Karen Mool added a discussion to the group Using Writer's Notebooks
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Where to start

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by writing this year.  Any suggestions to get me started here?
Sep 1, 2010

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