We are trying something new in our memoir unit this year: flash drafting our way to a “best first draft”. The main reason for this is that for as long as I’ve taught… Continue reading
Join us every Tuesday for the Slice of Life Story Challenge!
We’re sharing our presentations from NCTE with you, along with quotes I jotted down from a variety of authors and literacy leaders. ALSO, take a peek at some photos from our Slicer Dinner.
This book will serve many purposes in your writing workshop, not the least of which is a good laugh. Comment on the post to enter the giveaway!
Live tweets from #NCTE14! Join us at 9:30EST at #TWTBlog.
If you are a young kid, and you are trying to spell a word, what do you do?
We are excited to present at #NCTE14 this year. Come check out our session G.07, Saturday at 9:30!
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London
Join us! Share a story from your life!
We spend lots of time talking about the writing process here at TWT. This post tackles something that has nothing to do with meaning, structure, focus, word choice, elaboration, voice, or conventions. It deals with the physical act of writing, which can be challenging for some children.
Writers of biographies must draw their readers into the story.
Feeling your writing workshop isn’t running as smoothly as it could? Now is the time to declutter.
Have you ever banned a topic from your writing workshop? If you have, you’re not alone…but you may want to think twice about that policy.
Need some inspiration? Try writing a poem today using one of these tips for getting started!
We were in the midst of a lively mentor text analysis of James Howe’s “Everything Will Be Okay” for our just-launched memoir unit. I was thrilled to see my sixth graders making note… Continue reading
Revision needs to have a sense that a window of possibility is still open to allow another draft in.
In case you missed it, a recap of our Work Smarter, Not Harder Blog Series.
Dana’s Tuesday post about commenting on student writing resonated strongly with me. I used to be that teacher who would collect students’ work, take it home, and mark it up with each and every… Continue reading
This week my colleagues and I are writing posts that we hope will make your life a little easier. We’re sharing some ways to work smarter, not harder.