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When teaching grade one I noticed how language - specifically learning to read and write - empowered students. This idea has captivated me since."


How do words change worlds?
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Book Review & Teacher Ideas
Books have the power to engage and entertain, inspire and inform. I use picture books and novels as mentor texts for most of my writing lessons. Visit often: I will highlight a favourite children's book (new or old), write a short review and suggest a teaching connection. 

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October 16, 2017     Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet

Join me in my quest to change the world through words. Check back each week to find new ideas for both teachers and parents. 
This biography has become my new favourite to share with students. There is no need to read it to them from start to finish but it includes fascinating information about the life of E.B. White, why he became a writer, and many insights into his writing process. There are chapters on his classics for children: Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web and Trumpet of the Swan. For me, the biggest treasure lies in his handwritten drafts which clearly show the revision and editing process to students.