The End of Year Poem: Crafting that “last message”

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So, we are all winding down the school year these days. The end of year projects, festivities, packing up, and cleaning out plans are in full swing in my classroom at the moment…and my thoughts are beginning to turn to that last rite of the school year: the goodbye message…

Talking About Unlikely Mentors with Lisa Eickholdt + a Book Giveaway

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Using students’ writing as mentor texts builds kids’ self-esteem and lifts the level of writing of every other student in the room.

What Do You See?

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We see what we choose to see when we look at student writing.

Trudy Ludwig: True Confessions of a Professional Writer

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Trudy Ludwig is an award-winning author who specializes in writing children’s books that explore the colorful and sometimes confusing world of children’s social interactions. Today, we are honored to share Trudy’s thoughts about the writing process.

Write, Share, and Give

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Share your story today!

The Importance of Wait Time and Think Time

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how do you become the kind of teacher who leaves plenty of think time? How do you go from rapid-fire, to more thoughtful questioning?

OLW 2015 Check-In

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How is your OLW serving you?

Six things you need to do before the writing workshop year ends.

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Next week, I will have to tear off the month of May from my office calendar and face June. This is always a rather terrifying moment for me – less than four weeks till the end of school…

Reflecting: What kind of writer am I?

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Before you plan to ask your students to reflect on the kinds of writers they are (for their end-of-year self-assessments), be sure you ask yourself “What kind of writer am I?”

Guess Your Feedback

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An activity to use with student writers to encourage self-reflection

Crafting Nonfiction: Conducting Research and Organizing Information

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Melissa Stewart, award-winning author of more than 150 nonfiction books for children, steps into our Author’s Spotlight today. In her post, she shares about the chunk and check process, which will help your students conduct research.

Tuesday Slice of Life

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A Love of Grammar

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Here is a round-up of some of my favorite grammar-related websites and resources. You will notice that there are no worksheets here.

What is Your Mantra?

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Do you have a mantra?

The Argument Protocol in action!

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At TC’s Summer Institute a few years ago, Mary Ehrenworth introduced our session to the Argument Protocol: a highly engaging and interactive way in which to gather evidence and formulate strong, well-reasoned claims, which could then lead to compelling persuasive writing….

Goals & Techniques Cards

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Reflecting on my first experience using TCRWP’s goals & technique cards for informational writing with a small group of writers.

Making a Chart: When I’m Done with My Writing

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A chart for first graders

From Library Desk to Library Shelf: My 10-Year Path to Publication

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We’re delighted to have Augusta Scattergood kicking-off our new Author Spotlight Blog Series.

Share your Slice Today!

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Planning for the Planning

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It’s hard to believe that the end of the school year is already in sight. In the schools I where I currently work, mid-June is the end of the year–that’s just four weeks away!

That means it’s time to begin planning for next year!