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Friday, June 15

  1. page Jessica Marcell edited ... - Caroline and Sam We found fascinating that the Everglades' restoration will cost billions o…
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    - Caroline and Sam
    We found fascinating that the Everglades' restoration will cost billions of dollars.
    -Alex, Jahaan and Valerie
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  2. page Jessica Marcell edited I am excited to get started with Authors On Call. I think any approach to learning that allows stu…
    I am excited to get started with Authors On Call. I think any approach to learning that allows students to connect to the "outside" world is worth doing. Kids love to learn when you make it fun. I think this idea is innovative and I am pleased to see how the idea unfolds in the classroom. For the students and myself, I believe we will see another avenue of learning. Sometimes it is easy to remain within your four walls of the classroom, I confident that this experience will inspire and excite all that participate.
    We just recently read Trish Marx's book about the Everglades and our class had an overwhelming response to what they are reading. Here is what we had to say.
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    polluting ever. -Cody
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    to learn more!-Audreymore!
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    visit the Everglades.-PenelopeEverglades.
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    and Jessica
    We thought it was scary that there is a type of grass that can tear your clothes to shreds.
    We wonder what will become of the Everglades.
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    of dollars.
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    Your book inspired us to one day visit the Everglades.-Penelope and Jessica
    We thought it was scary that there is a type of grass that can tear your clothes to shreds.
    We wonder what will become of the Everglades.
    - Caroline and Sam
    We found fascinating that the Everglades' restoration will cost billions of dollars.

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Wednesday, June 13

  1. page Jessica Marcell edited I am excited to get started with Authors On Call. I think any approach to learning that allows stu…
    I am excited to get started with Authors On Call. I think any approach to learning that allows students to connect to the "outside" world is worth doing. Kids love to learn when you make it fun. I think this idea is innovative and I am pleased to see how the idea unfolds in the classroom. For the students and myself, I believe we will see another avenue of learning. Sometimes it is easy to remain within your four walls of the classroom, I confident that this experience will inspire and excite all that participate.
    We just recently read Trish Marx's book about the Everglades and our class had an overwhelming response to what they are reading. Here is what we had to say.
    We hope people stop polluting the Everglades! We can all do our part by not polluting ever. -Cody and Hayden
    We thought it was fascinating that Trish Marx decided to write about the Everglades. - Chloe and Rocco
    Trish Marx inspired us to learn more!-Audrey and Ava

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  2. page Stephanie Pirsos edited Stephanie Pirsos & Danielle Andersen & Marisa McClair Wednesday, June 13, 2012 My clas…

    Stephanie Pirsos & Danielle Andersen & Marisa McClair
    Wednesday, June 13, 2012
    My class has just finished our "Expert" books, and they are really terrific. One of the pieces of advice Dorothy told our writers was to make sure to not overuse a word, but to think of other words that mean the same thing. This seemingly simple advice really took hold in my class, and I enjoyed listening to my writers become editors for each other. They helped one another find different words or more interesting ways to say the same thing. The kids also really enjoyed seeing Dorothy's process of illustrating a book, and many chose to hand draw their pictures rather than finding pictures from the internet to use in their books. We gained much from our conversations with Dorothy- She helped put a face on what "real world" writing looks like. We got a chance to see the experience of writing from a professional writer. Thanks Dorothy for all of your good advice!!

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    to remember.
    Tuesday, May 15, 2012
    Today we Skyped with Dorothy and our classes. We had a wonderful experience that the students are sure to remember! Dorothy discussed her background and her accomplishments before telling the students what they can do to become great nonfiction writers. It was really interesting to hear about how growing up in beautiful natural settings helped Dorothy to discover her passion for animals and nature. She focused on our unit goals and gave the students information that they can directly apply to their information books. We especially liked the idea of adding interviews to our projects, and discussed some ideas for interviews after we signed off with Dorothy. It was really exciting to listen to the things Dorothy was telling the students to do, knowing that she was hitting our goals spot on. Listening to an accomplished author definitely had a positive impact on our students, and we spent a fair amount of time thinking about how her ideas could help us write our own books.
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Tuesday, June 12

  1. page Kerry Murphy edited June 2012: Karen, Kerry, Parveen ... This was an experience we ... never forget. Thanks agai…
    June 2012: Karen, Kerry, Parveen
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    never forget. Thanks again and have a great summer where ever your travels take you.
    May 2012: Kerry
    Parveen, Karen, and I were able to meet face to face with David Schwartz last month :-) We met at my house for some delicious Chinese food. During our dinner meeting, we were able to discuss with David our writing goals and how we will use his book Where in the Wild? for the teaching of poetry with our students. David had many wonderful ideas for our students' poems. Now that NJ ASK is behind us, we are ready to begin our poetry writing unit next week. We are looking forward to our Skype meetings with David in the very near future.
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  2. page Kerry Murphy edited June 2012: Karen, Kerry, Parveen ... write poetry! This was experience we will never forget. …
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    write poetry! This was experience we will never forget.
    May 2012: Kerry
    Parveen, Karen, and I were able to meet face to face with David Schwartz last month :-) We met at my house for some delicious Chinese food. During our dinner meeting, we were able to discuss with David our writing goals and how we will use his book Where in the Wild? for the teaching of poetry with our students. David had many wonderful ideas for our students' poems. Now that NJ ASK is behind us, we are ready to begin our poetry writing unit next week. We are looking forward to our Skype meetings with David in the very near future.
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  3. page Kerry Murphy edited June 2012: Karen, Kerry, Parveen ... uses a variety of artists that he uses to publish ... …
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    uses a variety of artists that he uses to publish
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    and illustrations. The students also had an opportunity to ask David personal questions of interest during our Skype session. His poems inspired the students to write poetry about nature and the solar system. Thank you David for taking the time to meet with us and provide us with guidance and ideas to write poetry!
    May 2012: Kerry
    Parveen, Karen, and I were able to meet face to face with David Schwartz last month :-) We met at my house for some delicious Chinese food. During our dinner meeting, we were able to discuss with David our writing goals and how we will use his book Where in the Wild? for the teaching of poetry with our students. David had many wonderful ideas for our students' poems. Now that NJ ASK is behind us, we are ready to begin our poetry writing unit next week. We are looking forward to our Skype meetings with David in the very near future.
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  4. page Andrea Warren edited June 12, 2012, Hi again! I want to thank you so much for your hard work, dedication and flexibil…
    June 12, 2012,
    Hi again!
    I want to thank you so much for your hard work, dedication and flexibility. Yesterday's Skype session was amazing and the children are still talking about Vietnam.
    I especially enjoyed how you related your book to our immigration unit. We have been studying the different reasons why people immigrated to America and your book portrayed the immigration experience in a different way. Thank you once again!
    Take care,
    Janelle

    June 11, 2012
    Hi Janelle, Pat, and Heather,
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    this country.
    All best,
    Andrea
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  5. page Kerry Murphy edited June 2012: Karen, Kerry, Parveen As the year quickly comes to a close, each of our classes have e…
    June 2012: Karen, Kerry, Parveen
    As the year quickly comes to a close, each of our classes have enjoyed a poetry celebration with the students and their parents. This was an opportunity for us to share all that we have learned in poetry. Particularly our experiences with Authors-On-Call. We were so fortunate to work with David Schwartz. The students really enjoyed listening and learning about how he gathers his ideas for poetry. They found it interesting how he weaves science and math into his Where in the Wild? book series and how he uses a artists that he uses to publish his work with photography and illustrations.

    May 2012: Kerry
    Parveen, Karen, and I were able to meet face to face with David Schwartz last month :-) We met at my house for some delicious Chinese food. During our dinner meeting, we were able to discuss with David our writing goals and how we will use his book Where in the Wild? for the teaching of poetry with our students. David had many wonderful ideas for our students' poems. Now that NJ ASK is behind us, we are ready to begin our poetry writing unit next week. We are looking forward to our Skype meetings with David in the very near future.
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