8 Powerful Writing Tips from 8 Powerful Authors

Have you ever wanted to write something that had your name listed as the author – but didn’t know how to begin? Or do you guard what you write in a journal for your own enjoyment? Established authors are often eager to share writing tips to anyone who wants to sharpen their composition muscles. Shanna Mallon, a […]

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Write a Personal Purpose Statement

“If your life was a book and you were the author,” Amy Purdy asks, “how would you want your story to go?” Before Amy danced her way into the hearts of America on Dancing With the Stars or won a bronze medal in snowboarding at the Sochi Paralympic Games, she shared her story in a […]

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Got a Dream? Write It!

At the end (and at the beginning) of the romantic-comedy, Pretty Woman, a man crosses the street and shouts to no one in particular, “Welcome to Hollywood! Everybody comes here has a dream. What’s your dream?” When was the last time someone asked you about your dream? Do you remember your response? I asked “What’s your dream?” to a group […]

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Voices in the City School

I posted short journaling activities for my seventh grade students on the board every morning.  Students responded to each statement or question in their writing notebooks when they entered the classroom.  I designed the journaling activities to serve as springboards for discussion during instruction.  Oftentimes, the writing activities invited us into deeper learning within the […]

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