Dana Murphy is a literacy coach in Midlothian District 143 in Illinois, and is a member of the team at the blog titled Two Writing Teachers. For the past few years, I have worked with District 143 to create authentic writing experiences among their K-2 students. More recently we have been aligning our work with the Common Core Standards. Our mentor in this work has been Katie Wood Ray and we have found huge success in teaching our younger writers both how to make books and how to add craft to their writing. As a result, the students are writing more interesting pieces and having a blast doing it. For a glimpse into our work together, please read Dana’s post titled First Graders Get Crafty. It will put a smile on your face!