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Sandra Bivens added a discussion to the group Writing Across the Curriculum
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Mentor Text review of Sunset of the Sabertooth

This book is the 7th in a series called the Magic Tree House.  The premise is that a brother and sister travel through space and time to various destinations to learn both historical and cultural info.The tree house is also a library of sorts, and the children use the text to explore these various places.  As the children travel they take notes about the people and places.  Their pre-writing comes in the form of factual lists, sketches and contact with phyical items they need for survival. …See More
May 5, 2010
Sandra Bivens replied to Corbett Harrison's discussion Click here to add your Narrative "Mentor Text Review" for Class--3/22/10 in the group Narrative & Memoir Writing
"The Tracker, a true story of Tom Brown Jr. as told by William Jon Watkins is a moving first person narrative about a boys’ adventures in nature. What makes this read unique is the spirituality of the subject matter. Tom meets Rick and…"
Mar 22, 2010
Sandra Bivens replied to Corbett Harrison's discussion Revision-inspired "HOW TO" Poems in the group Authentic Revision
"...how to be a reviser... Write, read, share Is it time for repair? I let it rest I puzzled through I listened to someone else I need something new I looked in Barry's toolbox I borrowed an idea or two Hear a strong voice whisper ideas close…"
Dec 15, 2009
Tracey Albee replied to Sandra Bivens's discussion mentor text rough draft of review in the group Persuasive Writing Ideas
"Extend Upon: Make the students use words/phrases that use persuasion in their writing. The word bank that they come up with, ask them to pull from this and place in their writing. I would also have them write both a pro and a con opinion so that…"
Nov 9, 2009
Sandra Bivens replied to Joe Ernst's discussion Persuasive Writing - The Watsons go to Birmingham in the group Persuasive Writing Ideas
"It's always touchy to talk about race, so I applaude you for even going there. You might try and compare/contrast types of protest to generate more types of writing. You've already mentioned one type of violent protest (bombing) and a…"
Nov 9, 2009
Sandra Bivens replied to Jennifer Reynolds's discussion The Rainbow Fish and The Giver- Selling the unsellable (Jennifer Reynolds) in the group Persuasive Writing Ideas
"You've already put quite a bit of thought into this. Using the picture book to illustrate the larger theme on a more simplistic level is great. You could extend this further by having the kids make their own children's book. They would…"
Nov 9, 2009
Kathleen Carter replied to Sandra Bivens's discussion mentor text rough draft of review in the group Persuasive Writing Ideas
"Sandra.... this is a great idea! Nice way of incorporating writing into the Social Studies curriculum! Another project you could do is have them write some topics (that they feel strongly about) down on pieces of paper and put them in a hat. You…"
Nov 8, 2009
Sandra Bivens added a discussion to the group Teaching Persuasive Writing
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mentor text rough draft of review

Author: Patrick HenryReview: Liberty or Death! SpeechThis famous 1775 American speech is a social studies teacher favorite. In it Patrick Henry is trying to persuade his colony's delegates to vote in favor to pass a resolution which would put the colony of Virginia, "into a posture of defense...embodying, arming, and discipling such a number of men as may be sufficient for that purpose." He starts off politely and gets a more forceful voice as the speech continues to a timeless conclusion, "I…See More
Nov 2, 2009

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