Tomorrow marks the last of our research days in writing workshop. When we return to school next week, my sixth graders will begin the process of sifting through their research and drafting their… Continue reading
Calling all Classroom Teachers! Are you looking for a way to inspire your students and infuse your writing workshops with energy and enthusiasm? Look no further. The Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge is here.
We wondered if we could offer the students some revision possibilities. We wanted to help them see that there are countless ways to paragraph.
We’ll host the 7th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge, which will begin on March 1st. In the upcoming weeks, we will provide you with information about the support team, prizes, and the second Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge. For now, here’s basic information, for new and returning participants, to help you get energized for our March writing challenge.
Our second blog series has come to an end. This post wraps up the Writing About Reading Blog Series. Also, we’d like to invite you to our Twitter Chat on Monday evening 8:30-9:30 EST.
Everything from interactive, shared and letter writing, to opinion pieces. This K-1 collaboration started with reading!
When I first began teaching, Nancie Atwell’s In The Middle was my go to PD book for all things to do with reading and writing workshop. I modeled so many of my teaching… Continue reading
The writing a child crafts about a book or an article in her writer’s notebook often holds a lot of meaning or value to her. This kind of writing about reading isn’t about finding the main idea, making predictions, or intertextual connections. Rather, this writing about reading is usually composed in response to something that affected a child so deeply she had to write about it on her own terms.
Literary Essays are one of the most formal ways to write about reading. Though they may be formal, they need not be taxing or daunting. In this post, you will learn how to support your students in writing quick, thoughtful literary essays in just a class period or two. Really!
“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
Lifting a line, creating a character connections web, and visual note taking are three ways for students to write about their reading. All three ways provide an opportunity for students to share their thinking, offering more than just a summary of the book. All three ways offer a glimpse into their minds as readers.
Have you ever found yourself in this place? A place where you begin to see something missing and immediately want to change? Be better? I hope so!
Yesterday, Stacey wrote a thoughtful post about how we lead our students to ownership of their learning habits, and she concluded with these wise words: “Doing something for someone else doesn’t help them… Continue reading
The gradual release of responsibility works for teaching one’s mom how to use a smart phone just as well as it works for teaching writers.
“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”
― Ray Bradbury
Erasure poetry is a form of “found poetry.” An Erasure poem is created by erasing words from an existing text and then using the leftover words to write a poem.
How do you motivate students and tap into their interests? What are you doing to create an environment that allows students to take a risk?
I love teaching writing and reading workshop, but there’s a special place in my heart for the third subject I teach: social studies. Part of the reason for this is just a love… Continue reading