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Review of Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories

Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories by Jack Gantos; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Farrar    203 pp. 8/17    978-0-374-30456-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-374-30457-7    $9.99 Gantos advises budding writers to keep journals as copiously as he has done since his youth, and the idea of maintaining one’s own […]

Writing and reporting

Bodden, Valerie  The Muckrakers: Ida Tarbell Takes on Big Business Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Hidden Heroes series. The life and work of journalist Ida Tarbell is just one of several topics in this inspiring and accessible volume. Bodden also examines the history of investigative journalism and its impact on the rise […]

Death to the biography book report

We all remember doing book reports in elementary school. It was fairly standard. You read a book and you write a summary on it or do some type of creative project. This past spring, I assigned a biography book report. I followed the normal prescription: choose a book about someone you’re interested in, and write […]

Punctuation: the junction between reading and writing

At a recent training on fluency, I found myself discussing strategies about how to help the “racing reader” — the reader who, when asked to read aloud, whips through the text on a page as fast as possible. One of the key strategies that I discussed with the tutors that I coach was building awareness […]