Saturday, January 15, 2011

Beth Newingham writing lessons

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We have been working on great leads for writing personal narratives. This post by Beth Newingham was awesome! Christine


  1. I agree! We've been working on personal narratives too! I did a mini-lesson on strong leads and POOF- this showed up on Scholastic's Top Teaching blog the next day! Beth Newingham is amazing. I'm also a big fan of reading what Angela Bunyi does.

  2. Yes, I too stalk Beth Newingham. :) The girl must not ever sleep.

    Have I told you how much I enjoy your blog? You have some fantastic ideas. Do you have any good suggestions for teaching generalizations in literature? Or do you know of a good resource? I think I've tried every which way I can come up with to explain and feel that I'm falling short. My students are in 4th and 5th grade. We use Reading Street but I can bring in just about anything that will help.

  3. Hi Stacey,
    Thanks for commenting! I am glad you are enjoying this blog. I really have had fun writing it. Do you use a basal in your district? We use the Trophies reading series by Houghton Mifflin. I'm a huge fan of picture books to teach the elements of literature and the reading strategies with my 4th and 5th graders. I can't say that I've taught my students any specific lessons on what a generalization is. I think I would spend time giving real world examples (most 5th graders are eleven,...five year old girls like dolls) before I connected it to literature. How about making generalizations about a character in your next story? I will put some thought into your question...maybe try it out with my kids. Do you have a blog where I can comment? Christine