This month, I have committed to writing every day through the community at Two Writing Teachers. All are welcome to the March Slice of Life Challenge! It's not too late to join in or comment or just read... Many of my posts will be at my personal blog, Just Write, Melanie, but the posts that relate explicitly to learning will be on both blogs.
Jen Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee Moye and Ricki Ginsburg at Unleashing Readers cohost It's Monday! What are You Reading? weekly on their blogs. To see what others are reading and recommending each Monday, or to participate, be sure to head over to these blogs.
Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally Walker, is wonderful. Who knew that there was actually a real bear who inspired A.A. Milne? This is a wonderful story of a veterinarian who bought a bear cub in a train station and raised the cub. Not only is it a fabulous mentor text for narrative nonfiction, it is also a story that children (and adults) will love!
Last week, I wrote about The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Over the last few days, I read this out loud to my seventh-grade daughter who doesn't really like reading. (Yes, I just wrote that. :( ) Not only did she beg me to keep going, she finished it without me. She came downstairs all teary and set the book down on the kitchen counter while I was making dinner. "This is too sad," she said. We had a great conversation about the power of books and of writing. I have to say, I enjoyed this book even more out loud than I did when I read it to myself.
The other significant reading I have been doing is at Two Writing Teachers. Many of you are familiar with the Slice of Life Challenge where we write every day throughout the month of March. Over the weekend, there was a commenting challenge in order to be entered into a drawing to win a Highlights Foundation workshop. What an amazing prize donated by Kent Brown, the Executive Director!