the art of arguing

April 25, 2008

(pro vs. con)

We started a couple minutes late for our videoconference today (always great to have a connection hiccup before a Friday afternoon videoconference! Thanks to the district folks who helped us get up and running). 

The Rockwood South Middle students have been spending the last few weeks working on their various arguments, and recognizing the difference between fact and opinion. They presented their cases to To Establish Justice authors Patricia McKissack and Arlene Zarembka over videoconference today. Topics ranged from racial profiling in airports to teens & driving.        

Authors, how did you think the session went? Students, how about you- what would you do differently?








 (Arlene & Pat listen to the  students present their cases)

Dear Howitt Students,

I am back home after a trip to Chicago, and I’ve had a chance to read your diary entries. Thank you for your kind comments about our video-session, but more than that, thanks for sharing your work with me. I see so much potential here and a lot of creative energy and imagination at work in your writing. Keep up the good work. I am proud of your efforts and I encourage you all to keep on writing.


to see all her comments, visit: “Wow! Can You Imagine??”

Meet the Author Series

April 10, 2008


If you are interested in learning more about author Patricia McKissack, I encourage you to take a look at her 1997 book entitled Can You Imagine? 

For information on the book, please click here.


Wow! Can You Imagine??

April 4, 2008

We have had some writing submissions to our blog! Mrs. McKissack recently wrapped up a videoconference series with Howitt Middle School in Farmingdale, New York, on Historical Fiction/ Biography Writing.  Several students have submitted some of their writing to the post entitled “pics to post, question to answer.” Boy, are they answering the question!  Thanks for sharing. . .