New essay on getting kids ready to write

Hi everyone,

Here's the link to Sam Bommarito's blog site. https://doctorsam7.blog/2018/06/21/using-the-author-as-a-mentor-helping-students-learn-strong-research-skills-by-david-harrison-and-mary-jo-fresch
Mary Jo Fresch and I have a new post there and I invite anyone interested to drop over to give it a look.

Sam co-edits "Missouri Reader" with Glenda Nugent, and he will also be the next president of Missouri ILA. It was generous of Sam to invite us to contribute to his blog. Hope you like our post.

Wrapping up the week

REMINDER: Don’t forget today is the big day when everyone is headed over to Matt Forrest’s house for a summer virtual blog party! Here’s the link. https://mattforrest.wordpress.com . See you there!

Hi everyone,

It has been a pleasant week. I didn’t get everything on my list done but progress was made. Mary Jo Fresch and I wrote a 1,500 word essay for Sam Bommarito’s blog. Sam is co-editor of The Missouri Reader, a publication of the Missouri ILA, and he’ll be the next state president. I’ve also committed to doing an article for this fall’s edition of The Missouri Reader.

I wrote 500 words about my work to enter for an opportunity to write a 1,000 word column for the November/December issue of Knowledge Quest, a collaborative effort by AASL and the CBC.

Mary Jo and I got word that our newest book proposal is going out for peer review soon, a necessary next step before a contract can be offered. It shouldn’t be more than a few weeks before we’ll know if it’s going to be a go.

The week also saw the official publication date for CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN THE READING PROGRAM. That was a huge highlight!

Early in the week I finished the 3rd telling of the desert middle grade novel. Please keep your fingers crossed that I finally got it right!

And I spent parts of the last two days getting back into the third middle grade story. I started it some time ago and had to set it aside so it took a while to settle back into the groove. I already see changes to make, the benefit of putting a story aside for a while and coming back with fresh eyes.

All in all, a super keeper!

I’m headed over to Matt’s blog party. See you there?

Thinking ILA

Hi everyone,

Today Mary Jo Fresch and I have a Skype date to talk over our plans for the International Literacy Association conference next month in Austin. We’re giving a two hour hands-on workshop titled “7 Steps to Writing Success” so we need to start putting the finishing touches together for that.

We also have a new book proposal being read and keep hoping to hear good news from that before long. It has been out for a few months now.

Playing with poetry

Hi everyone,

Mary Jo Fresch, my friend, co-presenter, and writing partner on several educational books, recently republished an article called “Playing with Poetry to Develop Phonemic Awareness” on Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/275696575_Playing_With_Poetry_to_Develop_Phonemic_Awareness. This originally appeared on ILA e-ssentials and included some of the work we used when we wrote a five book set on this subject for Teacher Created Materials. I admit that Mary Jo wrote nearly all of this article but I “hepped” some.

The article has already been read more than 400 times, 23 in the last week. Way to go Mary Jo!

Back in the wheel

Hi everyone,

Busy week coming up. I haven’t written a word in days but things look better now that I’m home. Couple of book projects need tweaking, one with Sandy Asher and one with Jane Yolen. I’m pleased with both and we’re getting close. A third project, with Mary Jo Fresch, is already out there so we wait.

I do an evening program on Tuesday and a radio spot on Thursday. On the weekend I’ll head for Kirksville to do a school visit.

As time permits I hope to get back to chapter three of a new middle grade novel.