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A Message from Gretchen
Hi Friends!

Here's my love note to you:

Finally, finally, we’re feeling the black cloud of Covid beginning to lift. We’ll be offering our first in-person workshops again, starting with the July four-day workshop in New Braunfels.  
My closest friends and family have all received their vaccinations, and I hope you and yours have also.   


(Click here for a printable copy of the poem)

Join Us in July!

By popular demand ... Gretchen returns to New Braunfels for the annual Essays and Grammar: Training of Trainers event this summer!

Dates: July 12-15
Time: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm each day

Click here for event details and to register.

Revising for Specificity

Here’s a revision activity Gretchen created for her students. You might want to use it with your students. Better yet, you could create your own version with sentences from your students’ writing!

Short link for easy sharing:

This Sentence Has 5 Words

Thanks to Cecilia Hanna, English Department Head at Taft High School, for showing us this great video!

She retitled this "Write Music" for her English I students and color-coded the sentence lengths, calling the one-two word sentences "word bombs." 

After they read the transcript together as a class and then watched the video, one student uttered, "Wow. Powerful."

You can follow Cecilia on Twitter @Channa_HasClass

2nd Grade 11-Minute Essays

Check out what these second graders did with the 11-minute essay. Amazing!

Kudos to Traci Odom, teacher in Eden CISD, and thanks to principal Deanna Beauchamp for sharing.

Short link for easy sharing:

Share Your Successes!

We would love to feature your work and the work of your students in our next newsletter! Please send your success stories to us at
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