How Are You Going to Read All That?

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It’s almost summer! Time for sunshine, flip-flops, barbecue grills, and reading student writing.

Developing Endings with Primary Writers

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NO! Don’t let it end!
How do you develop a good ending to a story? Use text and student examples.

Technology in Writing Workshop: When Students Take The Lead

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We are neck deep in drafting various pieces for our multi genre writing project these days, and I am noticing (and celebrating) two ways in which our workshop has changed, both of which… Continue reading

My Writing Work Space

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I want to know where do you write. At a computer or on paper? At a desk or on a couch? At home or at a coffee shop?

Success Tips for Summer

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Four tips to set yourself up for summer writing!

Ending Where We Began: Writing Realistic Fiction

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Looking for a way to end the writing year with transference, engagement, and noticeable growth? Choosing a familiar writing unit may be just the way.

Join Us for the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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It’s Tuesday! Time to share a story from your life with our amazing community of writers. Here are some words of wisdom about writing from author John Green, who, if you didn’t already know,… Continue reading

An Interview with Educator and Author Chris Lehman

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Recently, I caught up with my friend and colleague Chris Lehman. For a little end-of-the-year inspiration, please enjoy our interview: Beth: Your books make it clear that you have a passion for reading… Continue reading

How Do First Graders Choose Narrow Topics?

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We will be starting a unit on informational writing to wrap up the school year. I wanted to demonstrate a different way of finding a topic, a narrow topic. I find that young… Continue reading

Five on Friday: Picture Books Edition

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Find out which five, NEW picture books I’m fawning over this Friday.

Nonfiction Book Clubs: A Snippet of an IRA Workshop

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Today’s post is based on a workshop presented at the International Reading Association conference titled: Thinking, Talking, and Writing about Nonfiction Reading. Nonfiction Book Clubs provide the perfect opportunity for students to solidify all they are learning and to get better at writing about their reading.

Time for the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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Join us for the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge!

A Quick Little Conference About Choices

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I pulled a child-sized chair over to Zach and sat down next to him. “How’s it going?” I asked. “Not good,” was his reply. “What seems to be the trouble?” Zach explained that… Continue reading

ICYMI: The TWT Independent Writing Blog Series

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In case you missed it…all of last week we’ve been running a blog series devoted to fostering independent writing across grade levels, across the school year, and even during the summer!  Here’s what… Continue reading

Independent Writng: Multi-genre writing projects to celebrate a year of writing workshop

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    The last quarter of the school year brings gifts all its own – it’s a time to celebrate all the investment that has been made during the first three quarters: our… Continue reading

Independent Writing: 10 Ways to Get Students Published in the Real World

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Some students want to write more than what is required of them in writing workshop. Enter independent writing projects! But how do you go from being another set of eyes on some additional writing a student does to helping him/her go public with their work?

Independent Writing: Back-Up Work

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Encouraging students to have back-up work honors who they are as writers.

Summer Writing Projects in the Upper Grades

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Channeling students to write over the summer can generate loads of independence and engagement. Read on for tips on how to get started.

How Do You Pull Away? Let Go of Their Hand

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Letting go can be hard. Here are some thoughts on how to engage and disengage from the writer during the process of building independence.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Here are few quotes for inspiration. Enjoy! When I write, my mind’s not filled with visual imagery.  It’s filled with language.  Words.  I seek words,… Continue reading