The 'Stella Writes' Website Launched Today!

     Another exciting day at the home office (where we work on projects after a full day of teaching...you know how it is!)!  The 'Stella Writes' website launched today thanks to the good people at SDE.  Here's the link: http://www.sde.com/PD-Resources/Book-Resources/Stella/Default

     The site includes instructional strategies for each book, suggestions for adaptations across grade levels, and downloads of Stella's writing that might be used for mini-lessons (notes, drafts with revisions and edits, and final copies). There are plenty of general strategies, as well.   Thanks to all those who provided reviews...those are posted, too.

   Here's a tiny sample of some content (there's quite a bit there!) :

Stella-isms I love posting inspirational quotes about writing in my classroom. I don’t post them all at once, but one at a time, over time, as we discuss them. Some of my favorites are from famous writers (you can find many on the Internet). Why not post some of Stella’s inspirations? Here’s a list. 

From Stella Writes an Opinion:

  • "What could be more fun than to write about what you think about an important topic? Now I’m talkin’ power." (page 4-5)
  • "I helped myself. I made a list, like good writers sometimes do." (page 7)
  • "Oh! I just thought of another (idea while writing)!" (page 14)
  • "Who knows what we opinion writers might change? The world needs us!" (page 26)
From Stella Tells Her Story:

  • "We all have stories to tell!" (page 6)
  • "That was some fantastico advice…" (page 12)
  • "The second ending is way, way better. It makes me feel proud. I love it!" (page 23)
  • "I ran up and told her I had the greatest, the most special thing to share. I sat down next to her to read my story." (page 26)
From Stella and Class: Information Experts:

  • "Being an expert feels pretty good!" (page 8)
  • "There we were, focused like detectives." (page 12)
  • "Writing is a messy process!" (page 16)
  • "We were in l-o-v-e!" (page 23)
 Writers Persevere Stella is a model of stamina and grit. Teachers have heard a lot lately about how these qualities are keys to success and how we should make a point to teach them to students. Study these moments in the Stella books together. Read the text closely. What is Stella doing? How/why does she do it? How does this help her as a writer and ultimately as a learner? What does this mean for you as a writer? 

Happy Writing!  :)  -Janiel

2 comments

  1. Congratulations on the website's launch! I'm sure launching it will make it easier for everyone at Stella Writes to relay upcoming news, features and events to the readers. Anyway, please check the link again, as I just clicked it and it appears that something has gone awry with the page redirection. Keep us posted, Janiel. More power to you!

    Rita Gibson @ YEAH! Local

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  2. Thanks so very much for your kind comments and interest, Rita! I'm very excited about the strategies and ideas on the website! Also, I created a 'Stella Writes' Facebook page to interact with readers (hoping teachers will post student questions or comments for Stella to respond to. Maybe I should do that on Twitter, too, since so many classes are tweeting.) . I checked the link...seems to be working fine now. Maybe it was down for maintenance?? Do let me know if you experience more problems.
    Thanks again! Best to you! -Janiel

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