Narrative Idea

Oral History Project I am going to take upon myself to implement an oral history project. Our world is full of stories that are screaming to be heard. As individuals often times we are too caught up in our own stories to listen.  For a teacher perspective, this project will implement speaking, research, and writing skills. The writing type will be a hybrid of narrative writing and informational writing. It will also incorporate technology skills. At this point in the year, the students should have a basic mastery of narrative skills and research skills. My first step will be to show an NPR clipping (Story Corps), to front load the project. Then I will have the students write about a person in our community or a story that has always intrigued them. Throughout the week I will be contacting people throughout our community to interview, hearing their stories. Meanwhile I will be teaching interviewing skills to my students. I will try to bring Critley in to do a mini lesson on how to be a go…

Mini Lesson

Hello, fellow writers!

I thought I would share a piece of my "jam" with you to get this started. Today you will be able to make a multi color design on a coffee cup using vinyl.

Step 1: If you were to start this project from the start, you would open two design tabs in the Silhouette Design Studio. In one, tab you would create your design, layering each piece on top of each other. However, you can NOT print both pieces vinyl from this tab. Once you had the two (or more) layers on top of each other, you would cut one piece of the design and paste it into the other tab. You would then cut the vinyl based on what color you would like the design to be.
***EKU Writers Start Here**** Step 2: Weed both pieces of vinyl that you will be using on the cup.

Step 3: Apply the transfer tape (or contact paper if you're using it) to your designs. Use the squigee to secure the tack to the paper.

Step 4: What ever piece of vinyl you would like in the background of the design (pictured it …

Stephen King's On Writing

Like one example of the pre writing we completed in one of our brain storming session, I shall split the impact of On Writing in three different categories.

Myself as a Writer
As alluded to in my previous posts, I am a writer on the mends. What used to be a source of pride of my talent, has since stemmed contempt. I am stuck in the goo of what King called, "the informal essay." Although also inspiring, King gave me self awareness. In many sections of the book, he turned the focus away from his writing, onto other writing examples. The sentiment of write with the door closed, and then open it, made it clear that even great writers need an outside opinion. King showed some examples of such revision, as a mentor text.

Myself as a Teacher  King gives a lot of tools for good writing. As I read most of it I found myself saying, "Amen!" Student work flashed before my eyes. However, the more I read, the pickier I was with pieces of King's advice for my classroom. I bel…

Rule Breaker

I write this to not be a total kiss up, but to really share the exact moment my discourse changed.

As I mentioned in my Letter to EKU Writing Project, I have always been a writer, or so I believed. Writing came very natural to me throughout my elementary years, and then became a source of pride. I was rewarded not one, but two distinguished portfolios (before they became a thing of the past), and to me, that's what made me special. In fact, after being rewarded my second distinguished, I was taken to Papalenos for lunch during school hours. Now that was a big deal. I even took my writing passion outside of the classroom, filling up my summers with short stories, and book concepts (I was an idealistic ten year old).

People would ask the typical question: "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

My response: "A writer."

Well, although my childhood dreams aren't completely fulfilled as I've not published a best selling novel (yet), writing is still obvio…

Little Me and the Library

When prompted to recall my early memories, snapshots of mere seconds invade my mind. When called upon to remember a complete sequence of my young history, the memories skirt away, just out of reach of being complete.

The snapshots are of me reaching out of the window in the car on a stuffy summer day, trying to touch the clouds. Waddling through waist-high snow, so thickly bundled that I can hardly bend my arms, like the kid from The Christmas Story. In one I am sitting in front of the mirror in a Cinderella costume, with my mom's blue eye shadow on my eyelids. There's one walking into our door, with my dad carrying my new baby sister.

There is only one memory that I can fully grasp of my young years, solely due to the sheer repetition of its occurrence in my childhood. What seemed like every day to my five-year old mind, I walked into my mother's library.

My mother has been a middle school librarian since before memories were even a thing in my life. Being a school librar…

A Letter About Student Writing

A letter written in earnest over my first year of teaching writing. This letter was originally submitted for admission into EKU Summer Writing Project

Dear Writing Project Leaders, I am a struggling first year teacher, with the mission to change the world. I came to Garrard Middle School to impact that lives of students through teaching Language Arts. I started a theatre program at the school, participated in many committees, and supported the students in their extra curricular activities. Despite all of this participation, there is a component of my fresh teaching career, that has not been quite as effective in my mission: teaching elaboration. I’ll reflect the root to my problem. As I went through college at EKU, I was determined that I would never paint a student in a corner, when it came to writing. Never would I tell a student that their writing was less than art. I dreamed that I would always accept authentic student work, and if that work was less than up to the state standard, I…