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We want to thank everyone who participated in SDAWP’s The Writing Thief MOOC. The official make cycles may have come to a close, but please don’t stop stealing and sharing as you continue your inspirational work as writing thieves. 

On March 12, you are invited to listen to NWP Radio as we discuss our experiences with The Writing Thief MOOC and talk about our plans for the future. We want to stay connected and hope to have you “making” with us again soon.

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Just discovered this marvelous picture book biography of Johannes Gutenberg, by James Rumford. Not only are the illustrations beautiful (and "illuminating"), the presentation of the story is interesting. Each double page contains a riddle describing one of the "ingredients" Gutenberg used, including paper, ink, the press itself, etc. These components are not how we know them today, however. I've attached and image of the page that describes the way paper was made. I also like the way Rumford, ends the book (image attached), with a few wonders about how books will look in the future.
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To me, to create does not mean making something from nothing. It’s about taking what you have and evolving, changing, and reimagining. Cultivate. Cause. Bring on...
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Just saw this on Twitter. one of +Maria Popova 's beautiful pieces. She praises this children's book not only for its defiance of cast gender roles, but also because #failure  is celebrated and a #growthmindset  is encouraged. It seems like this could be a rich mentor text.

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My teaching partner, +Margit Boyesen wrote this post about how we used some wordless picture books as #mentortexts in our classroom .  If you haven't yet explored Flashlight by Lizi Boyd, you need to add it to your Amazon wish list!

http://thinkingwritingcreating.edublogs.org/2015/03/02/44-lizi-boyd-fans/

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Interesting thoughts about mapping with an app that "turns hand-drawn pictures into guided walks."

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Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried makes an excellent mentor text. He uses repetition, parallelism, sentence variety, and paradox to such great effect. I had the students reimagine the opening chapter, "The Things They Carried," as The Things Students Carry. Like O'Brien, they had to mix tangibles with intangibles. Then they had to illustrate their writing with Haiku Deck. Here's a particularly nice one a student made. If you want to see the writing that accompanies each slide, do not go to the big presentation format.

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I haven't decided on #oneword  yet. In the meantime, here's an idea I've been messing around with in class. A student showed me the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a YouTube in channel focused on creating words for moments/experiences that deserve a specific label but do not have one.

With that in mind, I asked my second semester seniors to consider the word "senioritis" and how it doesn't really capture who they are at this particular moment in their lives.

My challenge to them: invent a new word that is more suggestive of what they are feeling and thinking. The turned out some really great work. Here's an example: 
http://brittonhumanities.blogspot.com/2015/02/uncertunity.html. Let me know if you want to hear more about the specific assignment. 

And I will have my own one word soon. Maybe it will even be something brand new.

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How to Read Intelligently and Write a Great Essay: Robert Frost’s Letter of Advice to His Young Daughter
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