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This issue of Branching Out focuses on food. Would you eat one of these?cricket

Maybe you would eat one of these.snail-628x363

Some people would be disgusted by these creatures (a cricket or a snail). Other folks think “Yumm!” This issue introduces the reader to different aspects of the food that is eaten around the world. It might make your stomach turn or make your mind think “interesting.” Dive in and consume some great reading about food.



Branching Out June 9, 2014


I am very excited to share our first newsletter: 


Please read.  I would love feedback on the articles and suggestions for future articles.  If you would like to share your own writing, please do so.  The easiest way to connect with me is at the following email address: diane.fanning@springbranchisd.com.

I am also sharing the parent newsletter (English) 


or (Spanish) 


In future entries to this blog you will find additional reading opportunities.

This Is an Exciting “Reading” Time


As school is about to end in Spring Branch ISD, we have some interesting plans in place to help learning to continue throughout the summer.  Research has made it clear that reading will only improve through constant reading.  I struggled as a new reader and only began to grow as a reader after I finished my first book, Island of the Blue Dolphins.  Once I saw that I could do it, I continued to read and read and read.  We also know that our writing improves through extensive reading.  Both summer projects encourage extensive reading and writing.

At Treasure Forest Elementary we are offering a three-week writing camp, Camp Karl Kolbe, for 3 groups of students.  Participants will include the elementary children of teachers who are taking the three-week writing institute on building a writers’ workshop in the classroom.  The children’s writing will also occur through the writers’ workshop model.  Students from Treasure Forest Elementary will also join us in the writers’ workshop.  The third group consists of 9th and 10th grade students from 2 of our high schools.  They will be working with our students.  My goal is to help them see writing through the eyes of a teacher.  This should help them to clarify their own writing.  All three groups will publish their work either through this blog or in other online publishing formats.

Our second reading and writing opportunity is in the form of a weekly newsletter, Branching Out.  This publication includes student, teacher and professional writing.  It also has several activities for the students.  Students are free to send their comments and their own writing to the publication’s staff.  All will be considered for publication.  Feedback will also be offered to the student writers.  This newsletter will be published on this web site each week.  Additional writing that could not fit into the newsletter will also be included in the online document.