A Closer Look

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Try typing out a mentor text to get a closer look.

Writing Workshop Feels Better with Less

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Our workshop was feeling forced, unnatural, and just rushed! We struggled to fit it all in and share time (the most valued time) was cut short with only 1 or 2 writers sharing each day. Something had to give. Writers weren’t growing, I wasn’t conferring, and it just didn’t feel calm and productive. I reflected on our workshop, the work of the writers, and the choices I was making, but I couldn’t figure out what was making me feel so unsettled.

Conferring with Writers is Like Coaching Skiers: Strength ID and Enhancement

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Many years ago, one of my first jobs was as a ski instructor at a local ski resort. During our instructor training, we were taught a technique called “strength identification and enhancement.”

Writers ARE Readers: A Review and a Giveaway

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Writers ARE Readers explores the connection between reading and writing instruction.

Come Join the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge on #TWTBlog

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“In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull… Continue reading

ICYMI: Diving into Information Writing Blog Series Recap

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A recap of this week’s blog series, in case you missed it.

Using The Writer’s Notebook To Grow Ideas:Diving Into Information Writing

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Start students on the road to thinking about topics they might become interested in researching and writing about from day one.

Writing Information Books with Voice and Beauty: Diving Into Information Writing Blog Series

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When I was a kid, our town library had a whole special room filled with children’s books. It was one of my favorite places in the world. That was where I fell in love with Corduroy,… Continue reading

Infusing Information Writing Throughout the Day: Diving Into Information Writing

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A recovering hater of information writing, this post is my first step towards bringing information writing to life for my third graders! It is a vision and collection of possibliities for infusing information writing across the curriculum through the day.

Narrative Nonfiction: Diving Into Information Writing Blog Series

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Stretch your students’ knowledge of information writing by trying a unit of narrative nonfiction.

Immersion and Connections: Diving Into Informational Writing

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This is when I realized all the writing we do shares this goal: making sense of the world and being passionate about learning. We are immersed in writing to make sense of the world and who we are in this big world. We are writing about things we know a lot about; ourselves, our families, our pets, our favorite things, favorite foods, and the list goes on and on. We ARE writing to making sense of who we are while imparting information about ourselves to our community. This sounds a lot like informational writing at it’s most basic level.

Teacher-Written Mentor Texts: Diving into Information Writing

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I’ve long believed teacher-written texts can serve as excellent mentor texts during a unit of study. While I’m a huge advocate of student-written mentor texts, sometimes student writing doesn’t have everything we need… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Join Us for #TWTBlog’s Slice of Life Story Challenge.

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“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and… Continue reading

Allowing Student Choice within Information Writing: Diving into Information Writing

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How do you encourage students when beginning the writing process for information writing? Give them choices!

Using Qualities of Information Writing to Guide Students to Set Goals: Diving Into Information Writing Blog Series

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It’s important to help students to set a vision for the work ahead at the start of an information writing unit (or any writing unit, for that matter). This post shows how.

Preview: Diving into Information Writing Blog Series

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We are thrilled to launch our latest blog series, Diving Into Information Writing. Click on for a preview of the week to come on Two Writing Teachers.

Tara’s Tweet Roundup

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It’s the end-of-the-month curated collection of writing Tweets!

Writing Lessons Inspired by Guy Fieri

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We can teach students about improving their writing process and to write with detail and voice by watching Guy Fieri on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Writing Workshop is Hard Work

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Last Thursday, I endeavored to explain writing workshop to parents in my district at Parent University. As I drove home after the presentation, I felt unsettled, like there had been a gap in what the parents were hoping to learn and what I delivered. What would you be sure to include in a presentation to parents on writing workshop?

An Anchor Chart Mashup

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Come along as I take you on an anchor chart tour in the classrooms of our school.