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Write, Share, Give: It’s SOL time

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

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.

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.

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.

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

SOL Tuesday

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We’re still selling Slice of Life t-shirts ($20) on Ink to the People. All of the proceeds from the shirt will benefit the Pajama Program.

5 Ideas to Create a Classroom of Writers

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How do you help your students establish their identity as writers?

Would You Like a Slice of Life T-Shirt?

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Do good while professing your love of Slice of Life Story writing. All proceeds from the sale of this t-shirt will benefit the Pajama Program.

Back to School

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I’ve culled the TWT archives for posts you might want to read during the first month of the school year.

You don’t have to write, you get to write.

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After your students decorate their writer’s notebooks and you review your expectations, the notebooks go home.  This is exciting!  Who doesn’t love writing in a new notebook?!!? I’ll tell ya, there are plenty of… Continue reading

Unworkshop

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Wouldn’t it be great to escape for a few days to just write? Oh, do I have a place for you! You won’t have to cook a single meal, it’s tranquil, there’s wifi, AND it’s affordable.

Reading Fuels Writing

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Need some inspiration to write? Fall into a great book and read like a writer!

Good for the Brain

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Want to help your students focus better during independent writing time? A recent NY Times piece by Daniel J. Levitin may hold the key to making this happen in your classroom.

Visual Writer Introductions

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Fostering a nurturing writing community at the beginning of the school year means taking the time to build a community of writers. Here’s an artistic way you can have students introduce themselves, and their quirks, to their peers.

RECAP: Sharpen Your Workshop Routines Blog Series

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ICYMI: A look back at our blog series about sharpening workshop routines.

Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: 5 Secrets to Great Meeting Areas

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Are you looking to make the most out of your classroom’s meeting area? Find out how to create and maintain a meeting area that will function as the focal point of your writing workshop.

Tuesday Slice of Life

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Serve up your slice of life story today.

Flash-Drafting Leads to Large-Scale Revision

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Flash-drafting helps get thoughts down on the page quickly so writers are open to large-scale revisions.

A Picture Book That Pushes the Growth Mindset

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The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires will help you to initiate a conversation with about the importance of possessing a growth mindset. It’s also a fantastic mentor text for writing workshop!