Poetry Begins with Play

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Learning to play with words is an important step for young writers who are learning to create poems.

Three things that might be stressing out your young writers (and what you can do to support them)

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Classrooms need to be places where students can take risks, solve problems, and learn to work through the hard parts. But sometimes anxiety and worry get in the way of learning.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

See Something Where There is Nothing: A Poetry Lesson

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Need a fresh idea for poetry? Try this lesson!

Reluctant Writer?

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My son, a kindergartener, is reluctant to write at homework time. But is he a reluctant writer?

Elaboration Strategies for Information Writing

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Sometimes information writing sounds like a list–teach students strategies to add voice and elaboration as they teach readers.

Finding Time: With Craft Moves on The Poem Farm

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Poetry month in my opinion (and my students’) is a celebration of writing! It’s a time when we writers welcome new beginnings and hone the art and crafting of our writing skills. I watch my students take wings and write with grace and confidence during poetry month.

SOL Tuesday

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It’s Tuesday…Consider allowing nature to be your inspiration this week. Write, share, give feedback to other writers!

Making Writing Appropriate, Precise, and Effective

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Melissa Stewart, award-winning author of more than 180 nonfiction books for children, shares her thinking about the revision process in nonfiction writing.

2017 SOLSC Prize Winners

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Are you ready? It’s the 2017 March SOLSC prize winners!

SOL Tuesday

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It’s Slice of Life Tuesday…come share a slice. We’d love to have you write, share, and give feedback to other writers!

A Writing Workshop Learning Walk

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As much as I try to flatten the walls of my classroom using technology, the truth is there are still walls. It is me and 25 third graders, and most recently, a fabulous student teacher. Still, the walls are there and often I don’t get to see other teachers in action. Last month, I had the opportunity to remedy that problem for a day.

A Writing Greenbelt + a Giveaway

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I’ve known Joy Write, Ralph Fletcher’s latest book that debuts today, was coming for awhile since he interviewed me about the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge, which he writes about in one of the book’s chapters. But when I had the opportunity to read his new book in its entirety, I was amazed by the possibilities I saw Ralph present to transform young writers’ attitudes towards writing through low-stakes writing.

A Learner-Driven Classroom & Writing Workshop

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Moving to a learner-driven classroom has changed my role in the classroom and writing workshop. As a teacher in a learner-driven classroom, I have stepped back to observe the learner.

SOL Tuesday

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It’s Slice of Life Tuesday! Those of you feeling withdrawals from the March Slice of Life Story Challenge, breathe a sigh of relief. Come one, come all, come slice…

Changing Tack: Learning from a Writing Conference

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It’s great to be prepared when we are conferring with our writers. However, being ‘prepared’ and being ‘present’ are not the same thing…

SOLSC Participant Pledge

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Congratulations!  You have completed the 10th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.  You have already reaped the benefits of this challenge: you have developed a daily writing habit, you have become a valued… Continue reading

DAY 31 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL17

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I’m humbled and amazed by the enthusiasm of the writers who take on this challenge each year. Please watch the video, which includes words of thanks for everyone who makes the Slice of Life Story Challenge a community of connected writers.

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS- DAY 31 OF 31

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Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of the Classroom SOLSC for Students! Time to celebrate!

Showing Not Telling: Demonstrations Matter

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We’ve all likely taught ‘show, don’t tell’ lessons in our narrative units. But showing not telling can have instructional meaning, as well…