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Enough | Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at WriteShop!

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Breathing life into words

Encourage your kids to give life to their words by writing them down!

A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.

I say it just
Begins to live
That day.

~Emily Dickinson

Share this little poem with your children—and encourage them to give life to their words by writing them down!

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Merry Christmas from WriteShop!

Merry Christmas from WriteShop!

WHEN the familiar tune of “Greensleeves” fills the air at Christmas, our hearts answer with the lyrics that begin, “What child is this….” Written nearly 150 years ago, this carol still reminds us to share our treasures, our love, and our heartfelt songs in honor of the greatest Christmas gift of all:

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh;
Come, peasant, king, to own Him!
The King of Kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him!
Raise, raise the song on high!
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy! joy! for Christ is born,
The babe, the son of Mary!

From all your friends at WriteShop…

Merry Christmas!

Punctuation Quotes

Punctuation Quotes @writeshop

TEACHING students to use proper punctuation requires much time and patience—and sometimes, a little creativity! Last week, we celebrated National Punctuation Day, but the fun doesn’t have to end there. Surprise your kids in the coming weeks by posting fun quotes about punctuation all around the house.

  • Do your kids use special notebooks for grammar and language arts studies? Decorate the covers with a few of these quotes.
  • Copy several quotes onto colorful index cards, and stick them to the refrigerator.
  • Choose large pieces of bright paper, and make “punctuation posters” to mount on bedroom closet doors or kitchen cupboards.

Punctuation Quotes for 1st-6th Graders

“Punctuation marks are the traffic signals of language: they tell us to slow down, notice this, take a detour, and stop.”

~ Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves:
The Zero-Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

“A period is a stop sign. A semicolon is a rolling stop sign; a comma is merely an amber light.”

~ Andrew Offutt

“No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put just at the right place.”

~ Isaac Babel

“Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own jokes.”

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Punctuation Quotes for 7th-12th Graders

“When speaking aloud, you punctuate constantly — with body language. Your listener hears commas, dashes, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks as you shout, whisper, pause, wave your arms, roll your eyes, wrinkle your brow. In writing, punctuation plays the role of body language. It helps readers hear the way you want to be heard.”

~ Russell Baker

“Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few lines farther on, and it is like climbing a steep path through woods and seeing a wooden bench just at a bend in the road ahead, a place where you can expect to sit for a moment, catching your breath.”

~ Lewis Thomas, “Notes on Punctuation”

“We have a language that is full of ambiguities … all our thoughts can be rendered with absolute clarity if we bother to put the right dots and squiggles between the words in the right places. Proper punctuation is both the sign and the cause of clear thinking.”

~ Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves:
The Zero-Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

“My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. You ought to be able to show that you can do it a good deal better than anyone else with the regular tools before you have a license to bring in your own improvements.”

~ Ernest Hemingway, letter, May 15, 1925

Photo: Eirien, courtesy of Creative Commons.

Poetry moment: The Star-Spangled Banner

Memorial Day, national anthem, poetry

O! thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,

Between their lov’d home, and the war’s desolation,

Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land,

Praise the Power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto – “In God is our Trust;”

And the star-spangled Banner in triumph shall wave,

O’er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

~ Fourth Stanza of “The Defence of Fort McHenry”

Francis Scott Key wrote “The Defence of Fort McHenry” during the War of 1812. The Baltimore Patriot published the poem on September 20, 1814. A congressional resolution declared these famous words – now known as “The Star-Spangled Banner” – to be our official national anthem on March 3, 1931.

This Memorial Day, we gratefully remember all those who have given their lives defending our country and our freedom.

Photo: Carissa Rogers, courtesy of Creative Commons.

We’ll always have to edit

          “No matter where we [are] in our writing careers, we’ll always have to edit. We’ll never become so good that we outgrow the need for it.”

–Jody Hedlund

Perfect time to write

“There is no perfect time to write. There’s only now.”

-Barbara Kingsolver

Polish and polish some more

          “I have come to accept the fact that I will never be done learning, and that committing to the time it takes to make things right is part of being a good writer. I want to be a great writer – that means making the effort to polish and polish some more.”

–Jan Cline

Warding off writing fears

“As children get older, they only get more intimidated by writing. You need to start at a young age.”

—Betty Rogers
2003 Teacher of the Year

Why do writers write?

“Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.”

—Thomas Berger

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