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

Independent Writing Blog Series Starts Now!

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Today launches our Independent Writing Blog Series! Join us all week long as we write about writing projects, summer writing, getting published in the real world, multi-genre projects, pulling back to let kids write on their own, and much, much more! Also join us for a Twitter chat on Monday, May 12 at 8:30pm EST with the hashtag #TWTBlog.

In my writing workshop: it’s finally time for photographs and digital stories.

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At last August’s Summer Institute, Cornelius Minor, teacher extraordinaire and staff developer at TC’s Writing and Reading Project, gave an unforgettable presentation on technology in the classroom which I wrote about on my… Continue reading

Words Come Alive

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How do you make words come alive? In third grade we talked about description and details making our words visible to the reader.

Five on Friday

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Five things I’m reading, enjoying, and thinking about this Friday.

First Graders Get Crafty

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First graders use a mentor text to get crafty during a unit on informational writing.

How Are You Living Your OLW?

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How are you living your One Little Word?

It’s SOL Time

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“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
― Louis L’Amour

The Meaning of Maggie Book Review + Win a Copy of a Fabulous Read

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Soon-to-be-released The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern is a lovely book that offers plenty of opportunities to study high-level character development.

Top Ten Ways to Keep Minilessons from Turning into Maxilessons

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We’ve all been there. You’ve gathered your students into the classroom meeting area, nice and cozy, with the intention of doing just a quick l’il minilesson. Just a quick tip about writing and… Continue reading

A Special Visitor

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No need to adjust your glasses, that’s Barry Lane and he spread his message throughout my school this week.

Revisiting the Writer’s Notebook with “Revision Centers”

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The last quarter of the school year signals a time of mixed feelings – the year is almost over,  and even though we look forward to restful summer days, there is the sadness… Continue reading

Connecting with Other Writers

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I had the pleasure of speaking about “Curating and Cultivating a Virtual Community of Writers” with the members of the Chester County Reading Association this afternoon. I talked about the ways blogging, microblogging, other digital technologies allow teacher-writers to interact with each other worldwide.

What’s Your Process?

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Listen to a group of 6th graders discuss their writing process.

The Opposite of Loneliness + a Book Giveaway

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I rarely read collections of short stories or essays, but I made an exception for The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan. It’s a book written by a debut author. Unfortunately, it’s her final title since she died tragically in 2012.

Write, Share, Give: It’s SOL Time

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Share a story from your well.

Exploring Content-Based Poetry

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Looking for a writing exercise that effectively blends content learning and poetry? A technique borrowed from Georgia Heard could be just the thing.

It’s SOL Time!

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What’s going on in your world today? Share your story here today at TWT!

April Vacation

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Here in Vermont, winter is white and sparkly, all jingle bells and sleigh rides. Summer is green and luscious, with blue skies and sunshine. Fall is golden and red and drop dead gorgeous.… Continue reading

How to Write a Poem: An Exercise

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“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

―William Wordsworth