Grammar Lessons: A Time and A Place

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Encouraging kids to make decisions about their writing, rather than blindly following grammar rules helps lifts the level of their thinking, and the level of their writing.

The Art of Listening

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Silence. It is the other side of talk. It is the back board of listening. When we are silent it opens up our mind to what is going on around us. It allows… Continue reading

Start thinking about the March Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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         I  know that it’s January, but this really is the perfect time to…start thinking about the March Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.  Here are some factors to consider:… Continue reading

10 Math & Science Topic Choice Mentors + 10 Book Giveaways

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Do you have students who are interested in math and science, but claim they hate writing or don’t know what to write about in their writer’s notebooks? Here are 10 newer picture books to inspire them to write about their passion.

An Invitation & SOLS

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Write, Share, Give

Because Of a Word

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Kids in grades 3rd – 6th choose One Little Word

Transitional Words and Phrases: Little Words, Big Meaning

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There is something to be said for emphasizing the kinds of words and phrases that may not deliver a whole lot of meaning on their own, but when used within a piece of writing, are meaning powerhouses.

Three Words for Fostering Adventurous Writers: “Just Try It.”

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At our house we have a rule at dinner time: You have to try everything on your plate. Personally, I think it’s a great rule, if I do say so myself. It’s a… Continue reading

Call For Volunteers: Will You Help?

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Can you believe the March SOLSC is just over a month away? We hope you will join us and if you are feeling extra adventurous consider being a volunteer to help with this endeavor!

Setting the stage for writing about nonfiction

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Writing about nonfiction elicits the same initial lack of enthusiasm from my students as reading about nonfiction – a nonfiction affliction that seems, at first, impossible to overcome.    It’s the “dead Presidents and… Continue reading

Curating Mentor Text Collections

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Get started organizing your mentor texts with four digital tools.

Share your Story

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Write, Share, Give

When Notebooks Go Home

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Are you worried about sending writer’s notebooks home with your students? What if they don’t bring them back?

Developing Information Writing Muscles: Writing about Science

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Want to inspire kids to do more information writing? Teach them to write well about science.

Looking for Prize Donations

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We are looking for readers of our blog who are willing to donate a writing-related prize for the 8th Annual SOLSC.

TARA’S ONE LITTLE WORD OF 2015

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When I was twelve, my father came home from a long business trip abroad with a magical gift just for me: a Polaroid camera with half a dozen boxes of film.  This was,… Continue reading

Betsy’s One Little Word of 2015

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I thought a lot about my word for 2015. Anyone who is choosing a word to define their year typically does put some weight on the idea. It can mean as much as… Continue reading

Stacey’s One Little Word for 2015

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Sometimes I’m tempted to say, “I can’t…” or “I haven’t…” This year, I’m going to add one little word to those statements to keep myself on-track with a very important long-term goal I have.

Beth’s One Little Word for 2015

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This morning, as usual, we were running a little behind schedule. “Lily, put on your coat,” I said to my daughter, who is five, as I zipped up my son, Jackson’s, snowsuit. Lily… Continue reading

SOLS and a New Hashtag

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Write, share, give.