A Smatter of Links

21 Jun

Some thoughtful and fun videos and articles have popped up this week.

Not entirely appropriate for elementary school, this song about analyzing the validity of opinion articles made me smile…and it’s not bad advice either!

Stephen Colbert’s mother died this week, and he gives a moving tribute to her life.  It reminds me of the importance of telling stories about our lives and families.

How Self Expression Damaged my Students is an interesting critique of where the idea of writing workshop has been, and where it needs to go.

Kate Messner (author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z) has a useful slideshare on revision.  She has some great trips for how to revise, as well as some inspirational pictures and words for young authors (or old!) who may be not-so-into revision.

I recently heard about Kidz Bop on NPR and I’m a big fan already.  They take current pop songs (AKA Thrift Shop) and redo them with kid-friendly lyrics.  Now you can feel free to blast the most recent Rihanna or Jay-Z without fear of angry parents breaking down your door.

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