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.

Dana’s One Little Word for 2015

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I want to concentrate on living a full life, not a busy one.

Anna’s One Little Word for 2015

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This year, I vow to make each of my daily 1,440 minutes count. Here is the One Little Word I’ll live by this year.

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: IT’S SOL TIME!

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WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers. Here it is, the… Continue reading

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: IT’S SOL TIME!

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WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers. We are so glad… Continue reading

Winter Recess

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The six of us will be celebrating holidays, recharging our batteries, and coming up with more posts to share with this incredible community of teachers and writers for the next two weeks. In the meantime, we have lots to keep you going over winter break.

Awaken the Writer Inside of You

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I first heard of the “Heart Map” in 2003 from Nancie Atwell at Walloon Institute in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I remember thinking it was genius. Then a year later I read the book,… Continue reading

A letter to my departing student teacher

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Six weeks have passed by in flash, it seems, for it is already time to bid my student teacher goodbye. As I compile book list recommendations, photograph charts and student work, and gather… Continue reading

Grammar Matters + a Book Giveaway

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Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty’s new book, Grammar Matters, is for teachers of Kindergarten through 6th grade. It provides lessons as well as grammar references so you can enhance your instruction and get your students excited about learning grammar.