It’s SOL Time!

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What’s going on in your world today? Share your story here today at TWT!

April Vacation

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Here in Vermont, winter is white and sparkly, all jingle bells and sleigh rides. Summer is green and luscious, with blue skies and sunshine. Fall is golden and red and drop dead gorgeous.… Continue reading

How to Write a Poem: An Exercise

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“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

―William Wordsworth

Creating mini-units of study in writing workshop: writing to bear witness.

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In my sixth grade class, we cycle through a set of genres every Writing Workshop year: personal narrative, memoir, feature article, poetry, profiles, and persuasive letters and research based essays.  Taken together, these… Continue reading

Sharing Some Exciting News

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I’m proud to announce my second professional book with Stenhouse Publishers will be coming to you in the winter of 2016.

Prize Announcement for the 7th Annual SOLSC!

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Announcing the prize winners from the 7th Annual SOLSC!

SOL Tuesday is here!

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Join us today by writing a slice of your life, sharing your link, and giving comments to at least three other Slicers.

Confer with Students Via Google Hangout

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Make use of Google Hangouts when you need to work with writers outside of writing workshop time. Here are five quick ways to use this FREE technology.

Supporting Organization in Persuasive Writing

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Color-coding is a quick and simple way to support students with that all-important skill of organization. Persuasive writing is a case in point.

A Mini-Crash-Course on Oral Storytelling

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It’s been several months since I’ve written for Two Writing Teachers. In December my son was born, and I was on maternity leave until a few weeks ago. Then, in March I pushed aside all excuses… Continue reading

Collaborative Poetry

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Who knew Facebook could be a place to generate poetry. Yes, it’s true!

Six Months of the Six of Us

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It’s hard to believe it’s been six months since the six of us came together to relaunch TWT. Here’s a look at where we’ve been and where we are going.

Celebrating Poetry: Making time for poetry all the school year long.

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National Poetry month often brings units of poetry study into our classrooms – there are wonderful resources for so many creative poetry endeavors to be found, and both teachers and students seemed primed… Continue reading

Historical Fiction: Adding Detail

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We know writers of historical fiction pay attention to period detail, but how do they weave that detail into the story? What scaffolds can we provide to support the kids’ writing as they work to weave together history and story? What kind of work could they do in their writer’s notebooks?

Write, Share, Give: SOL Time

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Yesterday was the last day of the March SOLSC but it doesn’t have to end there! Come join us today for Tuesday SOL.

Celebrating Poetry: Starting with Interpretation and Ending with Universal Writing Lessons 

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Tomorrow kicks off National Poetry Month. Today’s post celebrates by taking a look at ways to begin and end a unit on poetry.

Day 31 of the March SOLSC! #sol14

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You made it! Please take time to celebrate your writing accomplishments today! The 31st post is special since it includes some music to mark the final day of our month-long writing challenge.
PLEASE read through the entire post, including the essential information, for some important announcements and reminders.

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 31 of 31

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It’s the final day in our month-long writing challenge! Please share your reflections along with your Slices today. Thank you for joining us in this journey, and congratulations.

Day 30 of the March SOLSC! #sol14

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Who’s happily writing? Who’s exhausted from this version of “March Madness?” Who’s sad our month-long writing challenge is almost over?

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 30 of 31

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You have written your hearts out all month, Classroom Slicers. Today’s post is about reflection. Today, you can study your writing and think: What kind of writer am I? What do I mostly write about?