Author Archive

Winter Recess

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The six of us will be celebrating holidays, recharging our batteries, and coming up with more posts to share with this incredible community of teachers and writers for the next two weeks. In the meantime, we have lots to keep you going over winter break.

Grammar Matters + a Book Giveaway

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Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty’s new book, Grammar Matters, is for teachers of Kindergarten through 6th grade. It provides lessons as well as grammar references so you can enhance your instruction and get your students excited about learning grammar.

Throwback Week: How To Read A Unit of Study

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Learn some tricks for reading the Units of Study, whether you’re new to the units or have been using them for many years.

Highlights from NCTE

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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.

Getting Unstuck

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“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London

The Physical Act of Writing

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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.

Revision Decisions Blog Tour: A Q&A with Anderson and Dean

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Revision needs to have a sense that a window of possibility is still open to allow another draft in.

Work Smarter: 5 Tips for Checking Writer’s Notebooks Efficiently  

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Grace Chough led a session, “Turning Writer’s Notebooks Into Workbenches, and Using Them to Work Deliberately Towards Big Goals,” at the June 2014 TCRWP Writing Institute.  She shared lots of smart thinking about… Continue reading

Preview: Work Smarter, Not Harder Blog Series

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Welcome to our “Work Smarter, Not Harder” Blog Series.  Contrary to what your students may think, we know you don’t live at school.  If the teaching of writing feels cumbersome to you, then… Continue reading

Two New Mentor Texts I Adore + Book Giveaways

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I’ve always been a diary and letter person.  I have loads of journals from my childhood and post-college years.  To this day, I relish letters I saved from my childhood since they’re a… Continue reading

Picture books are art forms.

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I spent a weekend in the woods learning about picture book art and design at a workshop led by educators from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Highlights Foundation.

10 Topic Choice Mentor Texts + 10 Book Giveaways

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Do you have students who claim they don’t know what to write about in their writer’s notebooks? Here are 10 new picture books to inspire them to write.

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?