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Alan Wright
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Author of 'Igniting Writing- When A Teacher Writes' and 'Searching For Hen's Teeth -Poetry From The Search Zone.'
Author of 'Igniting Writing- When A Teacher Writes' and 'Searching For Hen's Teeth -Poetry From The Search Zone.'

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Information On Proposed Phonics Test For Australian Grade 1 Students
It is vitally important that educators understand the actual evidence emerging from England regarding the Grade1 phonics test that has been implemented there - none of which was reported by the 'expert panel' set up to advise Australia's Federal Education M...
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'Cisco The Smelly Alley Cat' Read Aloud
To celebrate International Literacy Day, I decided to share a reading of a poem from my latest book, ' I Bet There's No Broccoli On The Moon.' I trust you enjoy it. Poetry is even more fun when it's read aloud. Click on the link below to hear the read aloud...
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Where Do My Words Begin Their Journey?
Rehearsal is critical to my writing. I embrace it. I welcome its comforting presence in my head. I know it assists me to clarify my ideas; find my direction.  Playing with words and ideas internally is such an important part of my writing process. Think of ...
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Pre Writing- A Vital Component of The Writing Workshop
I find it increasingly gratifying to witness teaching practice in the writing workshop that recognizes the importance of the pre-writing phase of the process. I see fewer and fewer cold starts where the topic, or writing task is presented to a class and the...
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Notebook Nourishment
I was recently approached to comment as a critical friend about how a school was using the writer's notebook to develop the writing of students. They had experienced some confusion around how this valuable resource should be viewed. One view was described a...
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The Objects of Poetry
We can all write poems about objects, particularly those we value. You may be in possession of an object you cherish quite deeply, or simply find appealing. You may have an object given to you by a loved one. You may have an object which arouses curiosity o...
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Realistic Fiction-Time To Get Real
Realistic fiction is a genre that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s there under our noses, yet the writing of other genres and styles is more frequently encouraged. Interestingly, much of the fiction that students have read to them, or they select...
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A Different Approach To Teaching Narratives To Young Writers
Periodically I find myself engaged in conversations with teachers about student narrative writing. They are often working with writers in junior classes. The conversation reveals how committed they are to teaching narrative genre to their entire class, simu...
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