Sunday, October 3, 2010

Book Recommendation: Spilling Ink! By Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter

     Hi everyone! Here is a book recommendation for you called Spilling Ink written by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter and illustrated with sketches from Matt Phalen. It is in a chapter book format, and both authors took turns writing about writing! It's written mostly for students at a 4th-5th grade level. I think 3rd and 2nd grade teachers could find some planning inspiration for writing lessons as well.

     I am using Spilling Ink as one of our mentor texts with 5th grader classes during writing coaching. We "spilled the ink" this week as we began to explore our writing territories. The 3rd grade team has also been using the book as a source of inspiration to help start their writing communities in their classrooms. There are some good writing sparks on the website for both teachers and older students. If you need some encouragement to "spill the ink," give this site a peek! 

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