Category Archives: Volunteering

A Fantastic First Day

On Friday, we had a fantastic first day at our middle school volunteering sites! Veteran volunteers Hristiana (pointing) and Cameron (not pictured) did a phenomenal job as our newest site leaders. We’re expecting great things from them 🙂 If you are interested … Continue reading

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Volunteer Day 2014: Think on Your Feet

We don’t have any golden rules in the Writer’s Den (…why would we?), but if we did, it would be to stay flexible. Our seven task captains made yesterday a success by doing just that. From start to finish, our project … Continue reading

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Whose Fault Is It?

“I don’t understand how a conflict can be man vs. self.”

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The Words on the Bus Go Round and Round

After a few weeks of introducing the students at Wooden High to Spoken Word poetry, we brought them to see some of the most talented high schoolers in L.A. at Get Lit’s Classic Slam (finals are tomorrow, hosted by George … Continue reading

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This is why you check their work…

After I demanded an edit, here is what one of our beloved students wrote for his story’s blurb: See that guy behind you? He’s following you. If you don’t buy this book he will come into your home and kill … Continue reading

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A Letter for 2013: What Can I Say?

Given this opportunity, I wanted to write something beautiful, something memorable like Andrew’s post, something that would show how moved I am by how much we have grown – from 7 or 8 or so of us in my first … Continue reading

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Learning Plot with the WD, Part 2

We ended up teaching plot to our high school class a week after our middle school teams, so I took the results from Columbus and reworked the lesson plan before Friday. Normally we start our classes with a freewrite, then … Continue reading

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