What Do You Know About Being a Writer?

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Listen to these kindergarten students respond to the question, “What do you know about being a writer?”

Happy National Day on Writing 2014

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Happy National Day on Writing!

Positive Post-It Day

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Inspired by a story about a brave high school student, I left a positive post-it note for each teacher I worked with earlier this week.

From Shared to Independent Practice: Drawing Lessons Continued

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Last week we looked at a couple of students who were working on the visual plan and the use of drawing lessons. Let’s peek in and see how that work is coming along in the shared and independent practice of writing workshop.

Writing through the visual arts: an “in between” unit of study

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We are in that in-between stage right now in writing workshop, having  just completed our Personal Narrative unit, and pausing briefly before we begin our unit on memoir.  These in-between stages are often… Continue reading

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 SOLSC bloggers. “It’s misleading to think… Continue reading

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.

Written Conversations

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Another strategy for writing about reading: Written Conversations

Free Professional Development! Tweet All About It.

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I admit, when I first heard about Twitter, I thought the concept was ridiculous. Shooting a message of 140 characters or less into the world? Why? Who would care? Since my initial incredulity,… Continue reading

Conversations About Standards-Based Report Cards: Do Your Students Know How They’re Doing?

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And with November, comes report cards.

Visualizing the Plan Part Two: Drawing Lessons

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Sometimes when students visualize an elaborate plan it is frustrating when that doesn’t just happen on the page. Here are some tips to get students closer to their vision.

Student Self-Assessment: Introducing the Writing Checklist

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Ever since I first received my copy of the middle school Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing , this book has been in my book bag and on my desk,… Continue reading

Write, Share, Give: It’s SOL Time

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“There is, of course, always the personal satisfaction of writing down one’s experiences so they may be saved, caught and pinned under glass, hoarded against the winter of forgetfulness. Time has been cheated… Continue reading

A Sneak Peek

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Here is a Sneak Peek at our NCTE Presentation.

Writing about Reading: Considering Perspective Paves the Way for Critical Thinking

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Rubin’s vase is a famous optical illusion that can be interpreted in multiple ways. When looked at one way, it appears to be a vase. When looked at another way, it appears to… Continue reading

Creative Scheduling in Middle School

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The one question that comes up again and again, no matter what part of the country I happen to visiting, is TIME.

Visualizing a Plan

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Visualizing a plan helps students see their story before putting it to paper.

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