Nov 152017
 

Here are two free games from Teach Writing Without a Pencil. Click on the pdf file for the game you want to print.  Please do not print for your friends, however, share this site for them to download their own free copy. You can also print a copy for you principal of the Tell It X2 gamecard. I believe there are some principles of education that are too important to not share. Play these games every day or at least once or twice a week at first. Try the game Tell it X2 before you ask the students to write. Let me know what you discover.

Tell ItX2 card

The precursor to writing isn’t reading—it’s storytelling. This doesn’t mean you need to hire professional storytellers to come to your class. That’s fun, but it doesn’t transfer to the writing process. We all know reading aloud to teach reading is mandatory. However, few teachers use these steps in the writing process. Successful education fills in the gap.

 

 

 

Verb Ball card 

Purpose of the Game: Use the best verb anyone can imagine. The judge of the best verb is the teacher.

The goal: All students learn to use active verbs.

Assign both games for the family to play over the holidays.

 

 

Nov 132017
 
Got Hat. Riding to Rescue Young Authors!

Yes, I am back in the saddle again. Hat,  boots and fully load with answers on being an Author. Yes, Im exhsusted just from getting the boots on.  But I get to hang with darling, Trail Blazers. There might be a few young authors.

Nov 082017
 
Teach Writing On Sale $.99 Today

Get a special price from November 8- 17 for a Kindle version.  Keep your curriculum. Add Fun! $ .99 today and $ 1.99 later in the week. Teach Writing Without a Pencil is a collection of games and activities to help students improve their writing skills. Strong verbs, authentic voice, cohesive flow, and the joy of [read more…]

Nov 042017
 
Great Time at Acton Elementary

There’s not many times that I’ve been more proud. Imagine being me–the youngest of eight, daughter of a share-cropper, dyslexic me–telling kids about how to be an author/editor. Then 5 kids run up after the talk with huge smiles saying, “I’m dyslexic!” An echo of “me too” bouncing around between them.   Talking to the [read more…]

Oct 042017
 
Tips to Write When Life Happens

Well, I just had a life-kick-in-the -pants. A month and a half ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Everyone in my family who had cancer died of it or died of the cure. I immediately thought of all the things I wanted to do, finish, write, publish. Usually the kick brings me clarity. That [read more…]

Oct 022017
 

Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall gives the reader Real Romance, Great Plots, and  the Best Love. The Hatred between the North and the South builds into a wonderful novel, as Eliza and Blake find love and then loose love. Set on the open seas, the broken bitter southerners battle the forces of Light and dark, [read more…]