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
Find out which five, NEW picture books I’m fawning over this Friday.
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.
Join us for the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge!
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
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?
Encouraging students to have back-up work honors who they are as writers.
Channeling students to write over the summer can generate loads of independence and engagement. Read on for tips on how to get started.
Letting go can be hard. Here are some thoughts on how to engage and disengage from the writer during the process of building independence.
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.
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
How do you make words come alive? In third grade we talked about description and details making our words visible to the reader.
Five things I’m reading, enjoying, and thinking about this Friday.
First graders use a mentor text to get crafty during a unit on informational writing.
How are you living your One Little Word?
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
― Louis L’Amour
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.