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An Exciting New Teen Writer

Please check out Lindsay Gallagher's new book!

Please check out Lindsay Gallagher’s new book!

Hello Everyone,

I know it has been a few weeks and your patience is appreciated.  It is that time of year to look at next year’s school budget and to prepare for Open House.  We are also booking now to teach ePublishing workshops this summer.

However, among all the many things the Unlock the Teacher team has been doing, we are thrilled to share a new teen author.  Please help us welcome Lindsay Gallagher, a thirteen year old student who loves to write and share the good with others.  Her first book will be on sale this Thursday at Barnes and Noble.com Please check out, “Are you a Good Friend” and share it with the teenager in your life!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~

Denise and the entire Unlock the Teacher Team

P.S. Please share your favorite young author with us, as you know we LOVE to share the good!

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Great Writing Website Resources for Writers Young and Old for 2012

The Key to Unlocking your Writing Potential...Dare to Dream~BIG!

Happy New Year! 2012 is sure to be a fabulous year chuck full of amazing new discoveries. If you are thinking of writing, like to write or have a child or classroom of students who like to write, here are some sites we recommend that provide advice on writing, pay for writing and stand as a good educational resource for writers young and old.

If you have a site that you like or follow an agent who is super fabulous and blogs about writing, please share.  It is in this collaboration and sharing of knowledge that we all grow and learn.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Teen Ink…a Wonderful Resource Site for Parents, Students and Teachers

I wanted to share a great resource site to get your child/student excited about writing. This site is a wonderful teen site, where all the articles are written by teenagers.  I encourage you to check it out and let us know your thoughts.  We need to speak their language (perhaps not agree with it) bu t try to understand it, if we hope to take them to new heights in the classroom. TEENInk~ A wonderful magazine for teens written by teens.

TEENInk

Books, Magazine and  Website Designed for Teens

by Teens since 1989

  • Teen INK  is a site where young writers can write and submit poetry, fiction and non-fiction to be critiqued and reviewed by other teens
  • Teen INK pays teens for articles written by teens for teens and host various writing contest throughout the year
  • Read current news articles from Around the World, written by teens
  • A plethora  of writing samples to read, get ideas from and increase your lexicon

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Wonderful 8th Grade Literature Scrapbooks through the Eyes of the Characters

Utilizing Character Journals/Scrapbooks in the Classroom
Sue Martin, a middle school language arts/literature teacher has allowed us to utilize these great pieces of student’s work.  Students were given a rubric to create a scrapbook/journal in the eyes of one of the characters in the book they were reading.  As the pictures demonstrate, this is a unique and fun assignment for student and teacher and can be modified for various age groups.

"The Lying Game""The Lying Game" scrapbook on the inside"Wait till Helen Comes""Wait til Helen Comes" scrapbook on the inside

"Wait til Helen Comes" Character Scrapbook"Harry Potter" Character Journal

 

"Wicked" Character Journal

 

"Wicked" Character Scrapbook on the inside

 
I find these pictures creative and I have no doubt that the students had a great time identifying with the characters in the books they read as they created these wonderful assignments.
 
If you would like to share your Best Practices, we would love to read them and share them with our readers.  Please email documents to denise@unlocktheteacherllc.com
 
May we seek knowledge in all things,
Denise
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4th and 5th Grade Teachers Share Great Trade Books to Utilize when Teaching Personal Narrrative Writing

Mrs. Snyder and Mrs. McNish are two teachers that are sharing this wonderful list of trade books to be utilized at home or in the classroom when teaching personal narrative writing.

"Apple Picking Time" by Michele B Slawson

This is a wonderful story about a little girl named Anna, who is determined this year to fill her apple apron.  It is sure to delight all ages.

"Lost and Found" by Le Marche

This wonderful book includes three short stories that incorporate a dog. It is full of emotion and descriptive details.

"Painting in the Wind" by Patricia and Emily MacLachlan and Illustrated by Katy Schneider

This is a beautiful book in both words and pictures.  The paintings allow the reader to see the story come alive.

"The Trouble with Wishes" by Stanley

This is a weird but funny story sure to make your class laugh!  However, it is a story that comes with a real message that we should be careful with what we wish for, that sometimes what we need most is right in front of us.

"Up" by LaMarche

I loved reading this story to a group of 4th graders and to my daughter who is in 2nd grade.  This is a beautiful story about a boy named Daniele, called Mouse.  Imagination and determination is delicately woven throughout this tale and is a pleasure to read.

In all of these books, students while listening, can identify emotions, small details, dialogue and descriptions as the words are creatively placed together to tell wonderful stories that have something to teach or remind us all.

Thank you to Mrs. Snyder and Mrs. McNish at St. Mary’s School in Royal Oak, Michigan for sharing these great books with us.

We encourage any and all to please share ideas, suggestions, lessons and recommendations with us here at our Unlock the Teacher blog.  It is in the collaborative process, that we will succeed in preparing a better tomorrow for our children of today.

Have a super week!

Denise

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“Reading with Max”…A Great Reminder that we all Have Gifts and Talents to Share

We love to support local businesses and schools that promote the good in education.  Reading with Max  has been featured on our blog before, but we want to share with you a wonderful event being planned to promote reading this summer:

Read With Max Reading and Fundraising Event Set for August 10th, 2011

Max is an award winning children book author who is dedicated to helping children manage similar experiences in their lives. Maximus, a.k.a “Max,” is an
English Labrador who shares stories about his real life experiences from his point of view so children can relate too. You can purchase Max’s newest books,
music, ask him questions, enter his contests, ask him for his paw-o-graph, shop, or share your own adventures at his website www.readwithmax.com

Max has teamed up with sharing knowledge about LeaderDogs for the Blind.  We applaud his efforts to utilize his gifts and talents for the betterment of many.  This is a wonderful example for our children, our future.  Together we can make a difference if we ALL choose to utilize our unique gifts and talents for the good of us all.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

 

http://readwithmax.blogspot.com/

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Workshop with Teens Produces a Great Insight into What They are Reading This Summer…Grisham, Patterson, Zusak, Riordan and Horowitz Were the Top Author Contenders

I met with a group of teens a few weeks back and asked them if they would like to share with all of our readers, the books they are currently reading and will read this summer.  The following is a list of books they provided.  I enjoyed teaching middle school and it is always refreshing to meet with young people and actually l-i-s-t-e-n to what they have to say or share.  This group of teens were articulate about their futures, the future of our country and the role they see themselves in helping make our world better.

So this is a shout out to that group of young people (that worked with Mrs. Ball ;-)), with whom I have no doubt will be amazing leaders of tomorrow. Acte non verbe!

Workshop Reveals What Teens are Reading

"Wolf Brother" by Michelle Paver was one of the group's favorites!

Grisham and Patterson were hot favorites for girls and boys.

"The Book Thief" by Zusak is an amazing read...highly recommend for literature teachers everywhere! Denise 😉

The whole team at Unlock the Teacher LLC is looking forward to an exciting teaching year with schools around the United States (and possibly abroad)…stay tuned as we will continually share what our children, our future is reading.  What we allow into our minds plays an important role of what and who we become, regardless of age!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise 😉

 

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We Have Found an Amazing 7 Year-Old Writer and Her Mom Writes Too…Check out Her Blog

In one of our Writing Workshops in May, I was thrilled to spend time with Amy Foret.  She is a young mom who is a wife and a mother of two. Her articulate and well-read daughter is 7 and she has an amazing son who is 5.

Her daughter started reading when she was only 3 1/2, and has been writing stories since she started kindergarten. Now she is in second grade. She reads about a book a night, and writes at least one short story a week.

Please check out and welcome these new writers to WordPress and the writing arena.

For all of our readers who love to get great ideas on books to utilize in classroom or read to your child, we highly recommend Amy’s blog MY Garden Patch of Books.

Please check it our and share your thoughts here on your great reading finds 🙂

I am on my way to VA to meet with Trisha and conduct some Unlock the Teacher LLC “How to ePublish” Workshops…

Stay tuned as the next Katie’s Adventure eBook is almost ready to hit Barnes and Noble.com.  The OLQM first graders who wrote and illustrated the book did an amazing job!

You learn something every day if you pay attention.  ~Ray LeBlond

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise 🙂

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“It Couldn’t Be Done” by Edgar A. Guest…Denise Ball’s Favorite Motivational Poem

It Couldn’t Be Done
Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it!
This is by far one of my favorite poems.  I find it so motivational in all aspects of my life…spiritually, physically and mentally.  I am sharing it with you today in hopes that you might share it to offer hope and insight for yourself or a child in your life.
May we seek knowledge in all things,
Denise

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Unlock the Teacher Wishes Everyone a Happy Easter

May your weekend be blessed!

The Unlock the Teacher wishes everyone a happy and joy-filled weekend!

This is a wonderful time to regroup and refocus on all that is important to you and your families, your company, your school and all that is around you.  Spring is a time of renewal…may each of us find time for peace and quite. Time to renew that which is exceptional and unique to us so we can truly maximize our potential…for the betterment of our children, our future!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things!

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