Gift Of Words


Sometimes even something untraditional gives joy to the recipient. Author Joe Stephens shares with us a school project he and his students practice every year. On Wrangling Writers and Warriors.

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In my other life I’m a teacher, as you can tell from many of my posts. I enjoy that job because I love being around young people. Some of the experiences I’ve had with them over the years will live with me forever and I have many lifelong friends among my former students.

Some lessons and activities I’ve done a time or two, while others have happened every year without fail because they just work so well that they

Poonam Jenna Sometimes former students become family instead of friends.

become tradition. One of the most memorable activities we do every year is the Gift of Words presentation right before Christmas break. I can’t take credit for it. Like much of what I learned about teaching AP English, I got this from Dan and Becky Daniel, my mentors.

It’s really a multi-faceted activity, but the heart of…

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Author of Fearless Fiction, L.Leander is an author, freelancer and songwriter. She says she credits her love of singing to her father, and her artistic talents to her mother, who was a painter. Both loved to read and write poems and short stories. "Nothing makes me as happy as curling up with a good book, or my guitar," Ms. Leander says. INZARED, QUEEN OF THE ELEPHANT RIDERS is the author's first novel. She is currently working on the sequel and a non-fiction series.

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