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  • View / Print Alice Nine's catalogs--

    • Catalog of Professional Development
    • Catalog of Materials

    View details and sample pages from Alice Nine's Johnny Can Spell and Write instructional materials, including Grammar Applications with the A9 Interactive Grammar Notebook.

    Self enrollment: Alice Nine Catalogs
  • A Writing the STAAR™ Essays in 2015 Module

    What is Ba-Da-Bing?

    Ba-Da-Bing* is a simple writing strategy that can be used from kindergarten through high school. It belongs in every student's Writer's Toolbox; a great tool for revision.

    It is excellent for fleshing out narrative writing by incorporating elements of setting, sensory details and action or reflection -- all in one or two flowing sentences. Ba-Da-Bings make great leads or conclusions in short personal narratives.

    Writing Ba-Da-Bings is a bell ringer activity. 

    *A Gretchen Bernabei writing strategy

    Objectives  Participants will 

    • Learn how to write Ba-Da-Bings, a writing strategy  
    • Write Ba-Da-Bings and the variations
    • Examine how to use Ba-Da-Bings in revision


    Printable graphics for students are available under the section "Student Printables"


    Approximately 30 minutes to view two slide shows in Videos section and to write at least three BaDaBings with variations. Additional time to visit teacher blogs and view other resources.


    There are no Assignments.


    Self enrollment: Ba-Da-Bing Sentences
  • Writing the STAAR™ Essays in 2015 Module


    Truisms is a course module in the series titled Writing the STAAR™ Essays in 2015.


    • We will determine what a truism is and how truisms are connected to STAAR essay writing. 
    • We will think of and describe images that can connect to a truism.
    • We will compose truisms from viewing a picture.
    • We will consider a phrase or sentence (text), draw an image, and compose a truism.


    Printable Notes


    Approximately 60 minutes to view five slide shows in Videos section; longer if you pause and write your own truisms. Add more time to visit teacher blogs and view other resources.

    Self enrollment: Truisms for Writing
  • A Growing Strong Writers Module


    Personal Narrative vs. Expository is a course module in the series titled Growing Strong Writers.


    Participants will

    Understanding the distinctions between personal narrative writing and expository writing, especially when given a personalized prompt

    Create a Mr. Marshmallow chart of common components by illustrating differences during our detailed, side-by-side comparison of a personal narrative essay and an expository essay.

    1. Purpose, Form, Organization
    2. Ideas and Details
    3. Tone
    4. The Point

    The Mr. Marshmallow chart

    Materials: Supplies to create your chart; print graphics (optional)

    Time: Approximately 70 minutes of video viewing; allow more time to create the chart.

    Self enrollment: Mr Marshmallow - Narrative vs. Expository
  • If you don’t know about Ron Berger’s ‘Austin’s Butterfly’ you really should.

    A true story. The butterfly that Austin, a first grader, draws is the result of a combination of knowing what excellence looks like by studying the model, specific and purposeful feedback from peers who compare his work to the model, and his willingness to keep making improvements by drawing it again and again. Although the video is set in a primary classroom, this lesson is powerful for all grades. 

    Members can self-enroll FREE.  
    Return to HOME and click on title (Austin's Butterfly) to enroll.

    Self enrollment: Austin's Butterfly
  • Alice Nine has created graphics to use to build Interactive Grammar Notebooks. These graphics align with her teacher's guide to teaching and applying grammar: Grammar Applications.

    There are two versions:

    • Grammar Graphics (catalog code: GG) is designed for middle school students, can be used grades 6 to 9.
    • Grammar Graphics, Elementary (catalog code: GG-E) is designed for elementary students, can be used grades 2 to 7.

    How are the versions different?

    • Grammar Graphics, Elementary has drawings with some of the content and covers grammar content from beginning grammar to grade 7.  
    • Grammar Graphics (GG) has slightly smaller lettering, no drawings, and covers grammar content from the beginning through high school.

    How are they alike?

    • Both are aligned with the lessons in Grammar Applications by Alice Nine.
    • In both, some graphics are pasted flat while other graphics are foldables.
    • Both are printed in full-color.
    • The packaging is the same, e.g., loose sheets collated according to lessons, packaged in boxes for easy storage and convenient retrieval.
    • Both are meant to be created in a composition notebook
    Self enrollment: Interactive Grammar Notebooks Overview