Margin Notes

Winner! Winner! Winner!


Margin Notes is pleased to announce that the following educators have won a copy of Make Writing by Angela Stockman: Lusinda Frost and Tracy Davis!  Your books will be hand-delivered next week.

Shyanne McWilliams, you are the super lucky winner of Angela Stockman’s newest book, Hacking The Writing Workshop.  A big thank-you to Ms. Stockman for donating a copy-we appreciate your help spreading the literacy love.  Shyanne, yours will be mailed to you so be sure to look in your mailbox every day when you get home from work!

Congratulations to Lusinda, Tracy and Shyanne on your latest literacy bling and thank-you for taking the time to share your wisdom in the comments section.  Stay tuned for our next giveaway on April 11th-all you have to do is leave a comment on the article, Beyond Literary Analysis and you will be entered into the draw.

Hacking The Writing Workshop


Angela Stockman defines future-ready writers as “courageous explorers who know how to sit with discomfort.  They’re other-centered and attuned to inequity and privilege.  They’re committed to learning more about those who are different from them and experiences they’ve never had, to create things that change the way people think and feel and live.  They consider the consequences of only writing about what they know.  They consider whose voices are missing, whose stories need to be told, and who is disenfranchised.  They write for the world, not for themselves or the small audiences they find inside of their classrooms, homes, and local communities.”  In Hacking the Writing Workshop: Redesigning with Making in Mind, Angela Stockman outlines ten hacks for creating environments where these writers develop:

  • Hack 1: Designing a Future-Ready Workshop
  • Hack 2: Recognize and Engage the Maker in Your Midst
  • Hack 3: Renovate Your Space
  • Hack 4: Create a Writer-Centered Workshop
  • Hack 5: Build a Better Notebook
  • Hack 6: Co-Create a Just-Right Curriculum
  • Hack 7: Make Room for Serious Play
  • Hack 8: Tinker Through the Process
  • Hack 9: Uncover and Share Learning Stories
  • Hack 10: Frame Better Feedback