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Ryan Decasa replied to Corbett Harrison's discussion Revision-inspired "HOW TO" Poems in the group Authentic Revision
"Take a breath and dive right in. Flow and rhythm will vary like your setences Revise your characters to Sing with their thoughts and actions. Expand on your ideas Extend them as a series of three. Explode. Stand up for your draft, Make the…"
Dec 15, 2009
Ryan Decasa replied to Corbett Harrison's discussion Class Members: Post your revised response to the article on revision here... in the group Authentic Revision
"I definitely think these classes, along with that ability to create a lesson that allows for choice in their writing and revision, is a great place to "borrow" stuff ;) And I like the idea of "revising" your teaching as you…"
Dec 15, 2009
Ryan Decasa replied to Joe Ernst's discussion Persuasive Writing - The Watsons go to Birmingham in the group Persuasive Writing Ideas
"I think this is a great book to get some discussion going within the classroom on issues of race. I wonder if you could bring other media, videos, or some sort of realia to help aid in some of the discussion as well as to provide background to those…"
Nov 9, 2009
Ryan Decasa replied to Jean Zordell's discussion Persuasive Writing - Dear Mrs. LaRue in the group Persuasive Writing Ideas
"Out of curiousity, did you create a vocabulary word wall based off the words in the text? You could also use a thesaurus to find different words to use, especially the strong action verbs as a way to work on word choice, especially those juicy words…"
Nov 9, 2009
Sheryl Blagen replied to Ryan Decasa's discussion Mentor Text: Spider and the Fly in the group Persuasive Writing Ideas
"I like the fact that you are using animals. Illustrations are the best. It really shows you how the student is portraying a character. Way to go!"
Nov 6, 2009
Jean Zordell replied to Ryan Decasa's discussion Mentor Text: Spider and the Fly in the group Teaching Persuasive Writing
"I haven't read the book A Spider and a Fly but it does sound like it could lead to a lot of creative writing assignments. This lesson could be expanded to a classroom book. After having the students write their creative stories they could then…"
Nov 4, 2009
Sara Kwasna replied to Ryan Decasa's discussion Mentor Text: Spider and the Fly in the group Teaching Persuasive Writing
"I find it interesting that all of your examples are still in the "animal" family (I'll assume that this is for elementary level) but you could include other examples of more human predators- i.e. kidnappers, villains in comic books,…"
Nov 4, 2009
Ryan Decasa added a discussion to the group Teaching Persuasive Writing
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Mentor Text: Spider and the Fly

Here you go!Mentor Text: The Spider and the FlyThe Spider and the Fly is based on a poem by Mary Howitt published in 1829 and beautifully illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. This story centers on an innocent fly that happens by an old attic. The attic resident, a very slick and persuasive spider, tries to convince the fly to stay the night and partake in a possible “dinner” rendezvous. This is a great story that illustrates voice and persuasion, as well as identifiable characters that reflect a…See More
Nov 2, 2009

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