Today I was observing a teacher of 8th grade language arts during writing. At one point during the lesson, his students were asked to share “bling and brag” from their most recent persuasive pieces. Lo and behold, several students shared examples of hyphenated modifiers and magic threes. These techniques had been introduced during writer’s notebook activities – transfer in action…wow! Kudos to teacher Jeff Morris and his students (and to Janice Malone for her collaboration with them).