Write, Share, Give: It’s SOL time

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    WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other Slicers who link below.… Continue reading

Some Notes from the September 22nd, 2014 TCRWP Conference

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Some notes from the September 22nd. TCRWP one-day conference, Units of Study: Implementing Rigorous, Coherent Writing Curriculum for Grades 6-8 presented by  Mary Ehrenworth. Something worth charting – a visual for how workshop… Continue reading

Peer Revision Groups

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A five-step process for critique groups

Creative Writing is Not Hot

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Each year for the past nineteen years, the International Reading Association has published a list of What’s Hot and What’s Not in literacy education in their magazine, Reading Today. The list is based on… Continue reading

What’s An On-Demand?

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On-demand assessments allow us to check and see, rather than speculate, on what kids already know and can do. Then we can make well-informed choices about what to teach.

A Tool for Talking During the Workshop

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Kathy Collins inspired a new writing tool in my classroom!

Write, Share, Give: It’s SOL time

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“You are an expert at your own life. Nobody else is.” –Jen Bryant

Starting the year with Slice of Life writing.

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As I mentioned in my post last week, my students’ first day of school writing surveys revealed a strong aversion to writing and a sense of “I have nothing to really write about.”… Continue reading

Will you join us for dinner?

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RSVP by 10/31 if you plan to join us for the Slicer Dinner at NCTE.

Inquiry-Based Centers in Grades 3-8

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Inquiry-based centers introduce kids to mentor texts while helping them find their own mentor texts.

Wild Things! Review and a Giveaway

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I enjoyed this book as a fan of children’s literature, but it is also a valuable resource to teachers of literacy.

Sharing the Work: Assigning Teacher Leaders for Unit Planning

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There is an adage: if the teacher is working too hard, the students aren’t working hard enough. There are many cases where this is true: in a writing conference when the teacher is… Continue reading

Top Five Lessons to Teach to Writing Partners of All Ages Right Now

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Writing partners can be an important source of inspiration and support for your kids. It’s the rare kid who truly wants to work alone all the time. Writing requires an audience, someone to give… Continue reading

Critique Group Check-In

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How is your critique group going? See what others are saying!

Share a slice of your life.

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Last call for Slice of Life t-shirts. Remember, all of the proceeds from the sale of the shirts will benefit the Pajama Program.

Sometimes we don’t write in writing workshop

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On our first full day of sixth grade, I hand each of my students a reading and writing survey and ask them to tell me a little bit about themselves as readers and… Continue reading

The Story of the Giant Sequoia + a Giveaway

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Tony Johnston and Wendell Minor’s new book, Sequoia, will be published later this month. Recently, both of them were gracious with their time and granted me interviews. Hear what they have to say about writing and illustrating. Get a sneak peek at this exquisite text you can use to infuse your students’ informational writing with poetry.

The Perfect Word

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Have you ever been in the midst of your writing and you have to stop in order to find the perfect word?

Volume Matters

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Each morning, my husband and I stumble bleary-eyed toward our espresso machine. His drink is a single shot, the shorter and blacker the better. My drink is an Americano, the taller and milkier the… Continue reading

Remembering the Miracles of 9/11/01

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“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” -Harry S. Truman