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  1. Imitation. The Sincerest Form of Flattery? Or Lack of Imagination?

    It's third trimester and I have my students working on an informative essay. This is not new to them. We've done them before, and my 8th graders, who had me last year, did several essays for me as well.

    7th grade is writing about their favorite animal, and 8th grade is focusing on their dream destination. Easy topics? I thought so! I even helped them narrow the topics down to manageable main ideas with step-by-step directions, including an example essay I am writing right along with
  2. Writing Backwards ~ Or Lessons My Old Dog Taught Me

    I currently have six unfinished fiction stories taking up space on my computer. The oldest is eighteen years, and the youngest was born about three weeks ago and has approximately 65,000 words so far.

    Because of a recent trip to my veterinarian I am now fairly certain that I will succeed in at least finishing all of my potential novels, whether or not anyone besides me ever sees the endings.

    Until that trip three
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