Monthly Archives: December 2012

Foreshadowing

In writing, there’s a little trick called “foreshadowing.” It simply means to hint at something that will happen later in the story. As one of my high school English teachers liked to say, “If there’s a gun on the wall … Continue reading

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Writing Wednesday: Its vs. It’s

The words its and it’s are often confused. The good news is that the difference is pretty simple. Its is a possessive pronoun. That means you use it to show that an object owns something. For example: To keep the … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai

I picked up Shooting Kabul this past summer because it was one of the summer reading choices at my school. It’s also nominated for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award this year. The book takes a rare look into the … Continue reading

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Writing Wednesday: Lie vs Lay

Last week I went over the differences between lie and lay with my students. As I warned them, it’s probably the hardest grammar rule out there. I’ll try to make it as simple as possible. There are two basic steps: … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Magyk by Angie Sage

Have a young Harry Potter fan who is looking for a different wizard series to try? Check out Magyk (and its sequels) by Angie Sage. I met Angie Sage when she visited my classroom. (Man, I miss the author visits … Continue reading

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