How to Be a Good Storyteller

Once upon a time, a dangerous criminal was captured by a king. He was tried for his crimes and sentenced to death. The king offered the criminal two choices: death by hanging or passage through a large iron door with no information about what’s on the other side. The criminal pointed at the rope. As […]

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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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Craft a Story People Want to Hear

“The best stories don’t teach people anything new,” insists Seth Godin, master speaker and entrepreneur. “The best stories agree with what the audience already believes and makes the members of the audience feel smart and secure when reminded how right they were in the first place.” Our stories have the potential to inspire us and […]

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Transform Writer’s Block into Awesomeness

  Phillip Roth said, “The road to hell is paved with works in progress.” Roth was describing writer’s block – that terrible, awful place that is lined with good intentions and nothing more to say. A block is not limited to the experiences of writers. The paralysis of a block usually results from too much […]

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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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