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Tuesday, May 01, 2012


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Hello Susan,

I am a grade 4/5 teacher in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada and I have been exploring the Opal School blog with particular interest in story workshop. I loved your post Expecting the Magical. I am wondering if you can suggest some reading for an intermediate teacher looking to delve into story workshop and the use of loose parts and alternate/artistic representation.

Thank you,

Kaycee Howard

Great to hear from you, Kaycee!
Some of the books related to literacy in the older grades that inspire us include those of Ellin Oliver Keene's To Understand and Mosaic of Thought, Vicki Vinton's What Reader's Really Do, Katie Wood Ray's Study Driven, many books by Donald Graves and Ralph Fletcher - so many! One (of many) books to think about the role of the arts is In the Spirit of the Studio.
We hope that this blog - which will soon be moving to opalschool.org - will continue to inspire you and that you'll find it a place to share your own experiences.
Thanks for inquiring!

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