Prompting and support can be tricky business. Here are some tips for early writers who have moved from the verbal story and are ready to draw. These suggestions will help you support the right things at the right time in the right way.
Moving from personal narrative to memoir presents challenges and rewards for sixth and seventh graders – they are working with a very familiar genre (they’ve been writing personal narratives since … Continue Reading Teaching memoir: Views from sixth and seventh grade
The weekly call for slice of life stories + a message about the power of the SOLSC writing community.
The Invisible Boy, a new book that deals with the isolation quiet children can feel, is the kind of book that serves multiple purposes in an elementary school classroom (e.g., interactive read aloud book, teaching demonstration text, mentor text for strategy lessons). Previews of the book and giveaway information come at the bottom of the post.
Please join me in celebrating with Anna and her husband as they welcome their son, Thomas Hudson Cockerille, into the world.
Dear Parents and Caregivers, You might not realize it, but there are a zillion things you can do right at home to foster a love of writing. Even if you, … Continue Reading Ten Suggestions for Encouraging Kids to Write at Home
Always looking to share real and authentic writing tips with my students, I compiled this list of strategies for when we’re in a writing rut and just can’t get started.
A peek inside a preschool writer and picnic style workshop.
I love our writing workshop shift from personal narrative to memoir. It comes at the perfect time of year: our notebooks have filled up with writing lists and entries, our … Continue Reading Three “just right” texts to investigate the craft of memoir.
WRITE your slice. SHARE your link. GIVE some comments to (at least three) other slicers. If you’re leaving your comment early in the day, please consider returning this evening or … Continue Reading Please share your story with our community.
I’ve been writing daily for years, but lately I feel as if I haven’t written anything worthwhile. Sure – I’ve written blog posts about family and the teaching of writing. … Continue Reading Climbing out of a Writing Rut
Happy National Day on Writing! One way to celebrate this day is to take a moment to reflect on your bottom line beliefs about quality writing instruction.
I recently had a dream about teaching writing. In my dream the kids wrote and wrote and wrote for hours on end as I floated effortlessly from student to student. … Continue Reading Pump Up the Volume!
How, she wondered, could we get them to write more focused narratives? And what types of entries could they make in their writer’s notebooks to help them with this process?
Tiny hands are limitless story tellers.
Launching our yearlong Slice of Life writing challenge is an exhilarating experience for my sixth graders. None of them have done any type of digital writing, and the very idea … Continue Reading Slice of Life in the classroom: How to rubric and grade our project