Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cursive Handwriting

I often get questions about how much time should be spent on teaching cursive handwriting. Other than my signature, I haven't written in cursive since the 5th grade. I tend to side with those who argue that cursive is becoming archaic and that our main concern should be legibility and not what form it takes. Here is an article that illuminates the current arguments.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Nine Pound Hammer

I just finished The Nine Pound Hammer by John Claude Bemis. This is one of those books that you wish the world would go away so you had time to finish it. It is the story of Ray Cobb who is an orphan that meets a group of medicine show performers. Bemis draws on American mythology (i.e. John Henry) to shape this story. The descriptions in this book are fabulous and will be great for writing mini-lessons.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

NC Literary Festival

The North Carolina Literary Festival will be held one week from today. An incredible group of authors will be making an appearance here.