Happy Halloween and Thank You!



I just want to wish everyone a very HAPPY HALLOWEEN, and to say thank you to TpT and everyone that stopped by my store during my milestone sale. 

If you need great writing and language arts lesson that are student directed, interactive, and just fun to teach, look no further.   Plus all of the writing lessons are student graded, so the teacher workload is greatly reduced. Just click here or click on the picture, and you will go directly to my store.

Here is a picture of my lovely daughter, who is a 5th grade science and math teacher, and myself all dressed up in costume.  Halloween is fun at the Darlings.

I will be spending my Halloween in the hood passing out healthy pretzel packets, (love the alliteration), while my husband passes out candy.  Once the treats are gone, we will head over to the neighbors for a little cul de sac Halloween get together.  I love the holidays here in Spicewood!  It’s warm and everyone gets in on the fun.


A Fun Holiday Writing Lesson

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This is a fun writing lesson on TpT for all students regardless of religion or family beliefs.  My students loved it because they got to design a menu that was relevant to their family traditions.

As with all of my lessons, it is interactive, student directed, and student evaluated, so it takes the stress out of writing for students and reduces the teachers grading load.

Meet and Teach e-Books

I’m so happy to be a part of a secondary Meet and Teach e-book. Brain Waves Instruction, Literary Sherri, and Getting Nerdy with Mel and Gerdy have compiled 3 FREE Meet and Teach e-books profiling SECONDARY teacher-authors and sharing print-and-teach resources from 25 TpT stores in each e-book. The e-books center around ELA, Math & Science, and Humanities (Social Studies, Art, Foreign Language, and more ELA). In them you’ll find a ‘meet’ page completed by each seller that includes responses to 5 prompts. You’ll get to learn a bit about each seller like their favorite book or things that make them happy. Then, each seller provided you with a 1-page resource that you can use in your classroom tomorrow. These e-books are filled with awesome teachers, little insights into each sellers’ life, and resources that are easy to implement in your classroom. They’re pretty amazing. Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it, you can find them here.

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Download each free e-book and you’ll get a chance to meet and teach resources from these teacher-authors:

A Tip On Teaching Writing

The goal when teaching writing is to motivate students to write, write often, and write a lot. That is the only way they are going to become writers.

This is a difficult task when as educators we have been encouraged to use students’ writing as the primary vehicle to teaching writing.  We have traditionally accomplished this by returning students’ papers with low grades, red marks, and negative comments, which did nothing to encourage reticent students to continue writing.

Over the 30 years that I taught writing to students ranging in ages 5 – 16, I found that if you took the stress out of writing by just allowing students to write freely, they became much more comfortable and eager writers. They began applying the rules that I was reviewing or teaching away from their writing assignments.  Soon I found students were looking forward to writing and were getting better and better at it as time went by.

I will be sharing more tips on teaching writing in my next post.

Have a great weekend!



Back Into Action!!

 I know it has been a very long time since I have added anything to my blog.  It has been very remiss of me, but I have also been extremely busy finishing a new interactive writing book for grades 6 – 8.  It is finally edited and put up on Teachers pay Teachers, where it can be digitally downloaded.

The new book is called Interactive Writing Notebook Grades 6 – 8.  It is Common Core Aligned and student directed.  Students grade all of the lessons for each unit themselves.  The also edit and grade, using appropriate provided scoring rubrics, each of their final essays.  The Notebook includes the following units:

1.  A Narrative Essay Unit

2.  An Informative Explanatory, Compare/Contrast Essay Unit

3.  An Informative Explanatory, Cause/Effect Essay Unit

4.  An Argumentative Essay Unit

5.  A Poetry Unit

These units are to be used along with the current curriculum being taught, so the topics can be changed and used more than once throughout the year.  They may also be used from year to year.

These units may also be used for advance upper elementary students or for students in high school who need more practice writing.

Please follow the links and take a look at this great new writing product for middle school students.

Thank you and have a great beginning of summer day.




$5,000 + on TpT!! Yippee!!

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I have sold over $5,000 worth my creative writing lessons and the creative writing book, the expository lessons and the expository writing book, my poetry unit, and the comprehension weekly letter for informational reading and literature/fiction reading, and last but not least the Daily Dazzle lessons and books and Toolbox from my TpT store.

I so appreciate the tons of positive comments and feedback I’ve received from teachers and parents on the lessons they have purchased and downloaded on TpT.

Thank you, Thank you to all!



Crazy Summer

Holy Cow!  It has been an unbelievable summer of Disney World with the grandkids, family reunion, girlfriend week in Florida, company from afar, and so much more.  The list could go on and on.  I feel like I am just beginning to stop running and now I have so much work to do and so little time before the holidays.  I will put my nose to the grindstone and get busy.Image


Papa and Jax in the back of the Splash Mountain ride.  So much fun!!


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I just returned for the Woodlands Conference, and had so many requests to put the writing books on TpT, that I just sat down and got it done.  So now you can purchase either the Creative Writing book or the Expository Writing book here on my this website as a hard copy for $99.95 each, on Currclick as downloads for the Creative Writing book or the Expository Writing book for  $69.95 each, or on Teachers pay Teachers as  downloads for the Creative Writing book Expository Writing book for $52.20 each.

I had a wonderful time at the Woodlands Conference where I visited with many parents who were pleased with our curriculum and looking to add to their Razzle Dazzle collection.  We also met many new parents who were surprised to learn how easy it is to teach writing with our products.

We have had a very busy summer with my husband having a complete knee replacement in April, visiting friends and family in Brooklyn and Vermont in June, hosting the Darling family reunion in July and having grandchildren spending a lot of time at Papa and Grandma’s house.  It has been wonderful to be able to travel and spend so much time with our family now that Gene can walk so well with his new knee.  Life is good!

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions or need more information.  I am always available by email.

Have a good start to your school year, whether you are a teacher or a home school parent.

Sincerely,  Judith


What’s Going On In My World

My friend Barbara and I just got back from exhibiting my Razzle Dazzle Learning products at The Arlington Book Fair in Arlington, Texas.  We really had a wonderful time meeting so many teachers and home school parents interested in learning how to teach writing.

Barbara and I conducted many mini workshops on my products throughout the two days of the fair, and came away with a renewed since of pride in our products and what they do to help turn students on to writing while taking the work out of teaching writing.

Orders started coming in as soon as the fair started and have not stopped yet.  Hopefully there will be many many students out there enjoying learning to write the Razzle Dazzle way in the next school year, and just as many teachers and parents happy with the reduced paper work and grading.

You can see all of our products on:

1.  rdlco.com where you can purchase the hardbound copies of our books.

2.  Teachers pay Teachers (TpT), where you can download books and individual lessons

3.  Currclick, where you can download all of our books

Thank you so much!

Judith and Barbara