Book Review: Linda Rief – Read Write Teach

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“I must be what I teach: writer, reader,speaker, listener.” – Linda Rief Teaching our kids to read and write with commitment and passion is an ever evolving labor of love.  There are so… Continue reading

The Writers’ Exchange

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The Writers’ Exchange makes writing fun for kids while building their confidence. Want to know how they’re doing it? Read this Q&A with the organization’s co-founders.

More Talk

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What is the role of talk in your writing workshop? Do you talk about your ideas before writing?

An End of the Year Writing Check

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At the end of the school year, we are often faced with pages and pages of student writing. Most of it may have gone home already, but now is a great time to… Continue reading

Time to Write, Share & Give

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Share your Slice of Life Story today.

Get Out Your Calendars! It’s June Planning Time!

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If we do nothing else, we do this one thing…Read this post to find out what it is!

Have You Used Prezi?

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I had heard of Prezi. I thought about Prezi. I used Powerpoint anyway. I am preparing a presentation for July and had it practically done in Powerpoint. I was happy with the muted… Continue reading

Curating a year of writing: assembling writing portfolios and time for reflection

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With two weeks left in our school year, it is at last time to begin putting together our writing portfolios, setting aside some time to time travel through our year of writing workshop,… Continue reading

Five on Friday: Travel Edition

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A recent visit to San Francisco inspired me to think about oral story telling, publishing, an persuasive writing. Here are five things my trip left me thinking about. PLUS, leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a copy of a new picture book from Chronicle Books.

Quick and Easy Summer Writing Idea for our Youngest Students

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This nighttime drawing journal is the perfect summer keepsake for our youngest writers.

Writing Fiction? Author Megan Jean Sovern Provides a Host of Inspiration

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Today’s interview holds a host of insights into the way in which Megan Jean Sovern, author of The Meaning of Maggie, develops characters, brings themes to the fore, and plans plot trajectory. Suffice it to say, I came away more than a little inspired.

It’s Time for the Tuesday Slice of Life Challenge

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Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Challenge! Did you know that there have been quite a few newcomers in the past few weeks? Take some time to spread the love by visiting at… Continue reading

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