Monthly Archive: January, 2014

Writing About Reading: Opinion Writing in a K-1 Collaboration

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Everything from interactive, shared and letter writing, to opinion pieces. This K-1 collaboration started with reading!

Writing about reading: offering students choice in reading responses

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When I first began teaching, Nancie Atwell’s In The Middle was my go to PD book for all things to do with reading and writing workshop.  I modeled so many of my teaching… Continue reading

Writing About Reading in the Writer’s Notebook

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The writing a child crafts about a book or an article in her writer’s notebook often holds a lot of meaning or value to her. This kind of writing about reading isn’t about finding the main idea, making predictions, or intertextual connections. Rather, this writing about reading is usually composed in response to something that affected a child so deeply she had to write about it on her own terms.

Writing about Reading: A Quick Guide to Quick Literary Essays

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Literary Essays are one of the most formal ways to write about reading. Though they may be formal, they need not be taxing or daunting. In this post, you will learn how to support your students in writing quick, thoughtful literary essays in just a class period or two. Really!

Write, Share, Give: SOL Time

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“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
―Victor Hugo

Writing About Reading Blog Series

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Lifting a line, creating a character connections web, and visual note taking are three ways for students to write about their reading. All three ways provide an opportunity for students to share their thinking, offering more than just a summary of the book. All three ways offer a glimpse into their minds as readers.

Reflection and Growth: Writing in Preschool

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Have you ever found yourself in this place? A place where you begin to see something missing and immediately want to change? Be better? I hope so!

Following through with “I do. We do. You do.” in writing workshop.

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Yesterday, Stacey wrote a thoughtful post about how we lead our students to ownership of their learning habits, and she concluded with these wise words: “Doing something for someone else doesn’t help them… Continue reading

I Do. We Do. You Do.

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The gradual release of responsibility works for teaching one’s mom how to use a smart phone just as well as it works for teaching writers.

Write, Share, Give: SOLS Time

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“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”
― Ray Bradbury

Erasure Poetry

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Erasure poetry is a form of “found poetry.” An Erasure poem is created by erasing words from an existing text and then using the leftover words to write a poem.

Tapping Into Motivation

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How do you motivate students and tap into their interests? What are you doing to create an environment that allows students to take a risk?

Making space for writing (lots of it) in Social Studies

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I love teaching writing and reading workshop, but there’s a special place in my heart for the third subject I teach: social studies.  Part of the reason for this is just a love… Continue reading

A Master Writer’s Notebook in Evernote

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A few years ago I thought I had a brilliant idea.  I created a master writer’s notebook since my notebook writing, which I shared with students during writing conferences and in minilessons, was… Continue reading

Write, Share, Give: SOLS Time

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“Write what should not be forgotten.”
― Isabel Allende

Looking for Prize Donations

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Are you creative and artistic? Do you have a new copy of professional book or writing-related book that you would be willing to donate? Have you written a book that you would like to donate?

Betsy’s One Little Word For 2014

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come to my quietness
I shall cover you with it, like
a white sheet that has blown all day in
the sun, like a mountain lake
filled with spring, it shall slip over you.
— Diane di Prima

TARA’S ONE LITTLE WORD FOR 2014

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One. Little. Word. I have been in search of my one little word for some time now, without much success.  The more I thought about it, the more anxious and uncertain I became…especially… Continue reading

Stacey’s One Little Word for 2014

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As teachers of writing, we must try to bring our truths to the page, even when it’s hard. I believe we must write from a place that shows our vulnerabilities. Even though sharing the story of my OLW publicly makes me feel vulnerable, I know sharing it helps me practice what I preach. So here goes…

Anna’s One Little Word for 2014

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My One Little Word for 2014: Roots.