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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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Unlock the Teacher LLC Heads to New York for Writer’s Digest Conference 2012

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Happy Friday Everyone,

As we reflect on the first week back to school after a nice long holiday break…for most of us, our team is preparing to head to New York in a couple of weeks for the Writer’s Digest Writing Conference.  Check WD out on Twitter @WritersDigest and meet writers from around the world!

As we prepare all of the kind remarks that many have sent us about our work over this past year, the great statistical data of the many visitors to this blog I write, the great letters of references we have received from the schools we have been blessed to work in and all the great educators and administrators we have met on Twitter and are now a part of our Professional Learning Network (PLN), we wanted to say …

T-H-A-N-K   YOU for a great year.  It has not been easy and the path has not been smooth, but your continued support has made ALL the difference.  We feel blessed indeed, to have so many people, schools and companies supporting the work we do in the community, in schools and our efforts to try to make a difference in education.

Thank you for the support! If you like our blog and our mission, please share our sites and “like” our Facebook page. We are working on our last push of views  so we can print off our statistics for NY.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Great Writing Website Resources for Writers Young and Old for 2012

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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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Academic eBooks get Praise from Parents and Teachers…Sneak Peak Inside Five eBooks

We are thrilled with sales of our academic eBooks!  Given the fact that all of our advertising has been word of mouth, we want to say thank you to all our readers and supporters of our work!  Most of the profit from the following eBooks goes directly to promoting literacy in local elementary schools.  We have  received some positive feedback from both parents and teachers.

As we work to finalize the first book in our Unlock the Teacher series for “traditional” publishing, (which we plan to create an app for and publish in multiple languages), we also have two new eBooks coming out by end of summer…which is so soon 🙂

We are immensely grateful and realize, that we would not be able to do what we hope to do, if we did not have your support.

If you haven’t already, please check out our academic eBooks:

Phonics Friends

Amazing what five friends can teach to emerging readers!

A page from "Phonics Friends Share their Love for the Short Vowel Sounds"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mysteries of the Beach

This was so fun to write, it is a true mystery...kids love it!

A page from "Mysteries of the Beach" ~ painting by Mary C. Sharon who lost her battle with cancer in August 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Around our Town

"All Around our Town" an academic eBook. This is a charity eBook, where all proceeds goes to a local school's literacy fund.

A page from All Around our Town...a great Social Studies Resource for Grades K-3

Katie’s Farm Adventures

"Katie's Farm Adventures" and academic eBook with coloring pages to print. This is a charity eBook, where all proceeds goes towards supporting a literacy fund in an elementary school.

A page from "Katie's Farm Adventures"

 

 

Spring into Art and Poetry

A wonderful book of poetry and a great resource that describes developmental stages in art.

A page from "Spring into Art and Poetry".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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