Do you know someone who deserves a free copy of ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS: A NOVEL? Atria Books is running a nominate-a-friend giveaway for the holidays! If you win, your friend will receive a free copy of the new version of the novel – a month ahead of its official release date. (And, of course, they’ll love you even more than they already do.) To enter, post the photo below on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page, mention the teacher you would like to nominate, and use the hashtag #AdequateYearlyProgressNovel or #AYPnovel so we can see it when we pick the winners. On January 4, we’ll randomly select 20 winners and will reach out to get mailing addresses for the books. Winners will also be announced by email, which you can sign up for here.
Has anyone told you yet that the first year of teaching will make you or break you? People love repeating this sound bite. It rhymes, it’s clever-and, it’s absolutely terrifying.
Luckily, it’s also not that true.
A truer (and more useful) statement is this: Almost all new teachers have days when they think they are being broken.
You don’t always know when you’re reading a list. Sometimes, you just notice you’re reading something wonderful, which means – if you’re me – you highlight the passage, not quite sure what you’re going to do with it, just sure you want to be able to find it again. Then one day, while planning a writing workshop, you sort through these favorite passages and realize that many of them are really just lists. Short lists that barely seem like lists. Long lists that seem almost too long until they end with a bang. Lists that wander in and out of the list format. Lists of questions. Lists that pause the action and force the reader to pay attention to every tiny detail of a moment. Lists that feel like poetry. You get the idea. Here are 5 of my favorite examples of literary lists, plus a prompt to help you write your own. (more…)