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Dawn Drums ( A must read book)

Honored poet Hardeep Sabharwal offered a review of Dawn Drums on his blog. I’m most pleased to share it with you!

Abraham Lincoln speaks with Chalone Peaks students.

 

Source: Dawn Drums ( A must read book)

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Authors Shine at Sol Treasures

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Meet the artist events at Sol Treasures – intimate and collaborative – often blur the lines between presenters and audience. Such was the case on Friday evening when John Miller and I shared our books with a lively group of friends and visitors. John offered a concise though wide-ranging context for his bestseller Minecraft Lab for Kids. It was fun to see illumination bloom on attentive faces as he revealed the power of this new learning-through-play technology. I was pleased to offer a Presidents’ Day reading from my Dawn Drums. We cannot hear enough about Abraham Lincoln these days – we just can’t.

John and I have collaborated in teaching for decades. May it always be so!

P.S. Note my “Lemon Tree” shirt. Thanks, Kerry’s Mom! Your artistry endures!

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At Chancellorsville

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Photo by Ed Haskell

I recently discovered a great poem by Andrew Hudgins: At Chancellorsville. As most of you know by now, the Civil War is an abiding interest of mine. I’ve found that the personal moments, the insignificant details truly bring home the horror and tragedy of the War.  At Chancellorsville offers such details, such moments. I’ve prepared common core activities that I hope  will open this poem for young people. I’ve provided directed reading, scripted reading, reciprocal teaching, research questions and a poster assignment to help involve students with Hudgins’ words and with the turbulent times in which he lived.

Here’s the link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/A-Civil-War-Poem-At-Chancellorsville-2763540

 

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Interviewed by Ink In Thirds

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Grace Black, editor of Ink In Thirds, discovered my regard for Lincoln. She asked me some pertinent questions about writing, too. Take the link to peruse my answers!

#FeatureFriday – Robert Walton

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A Conversation with Hardeep Sabharwal

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Photo by Wayne Thompson

Poet and writer Hardeep Sabharwal recently interviewed me for his blog. It was a good conversation. His questions spurred me to think more deeply than I usually do about our shared craft. Take a peek and please comment if you wish!

https://sabharwalhardeep.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/guest-interview-with-sir-robert-walton/

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The Pickets

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Home Sweet Home by Winslow Homer

I taught Robert W. Chambers’ The Pickets many times and found it a great story for 8th graders – either as an entry into other CW topics or as a stand alone unit. I’ve refined that unit and put it on TPT. I checked with Perfection Learning (who published the story in “A House Divided”, their excellent CW anthology) and determined that it’s in the public domain. I included extensive excerpts from it and included links to the complete text of the story. Please take a look when you have a chance.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Civil-War-The-Pickets-2234565

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Battle Hymn of the Republic

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Julia Ward Howe arose at dawn on November 18th, 1861 and hurriedly wrote the words that became one of our most revered patriotic songs. I hope that the common core activities I offer on TPT will open the poem for young people. I’ve provided directed reading, scripted reading, reciprocal teaching, research questions and a poster assignment to help involve students with Julia’s words and with the turbulent times in which she lived. Here’s the link to the activities:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Battle-Hymn-of-the-Republic-2119378

P.S. Here’s a great recording of the Battle Hymn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnLsQdaR9kI

 

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