Everything from interactive, shared and letter writing, to opinion pieces. This K-1 collaboration started with reading!
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 … Continue Reading Writing about reading: offering students choice in reading responses
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.
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!
“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
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.
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!
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 … Continue Reading Following through with “I do. We do. You do.” in writing workshop.
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.
“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”
― Ray Bradbury
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.
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?
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 … Continue Reading Making space for writing (lots of it) in Social Studies
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 … Continue Reading A Master Writer’s Notebook in Evernote
“Write what should not be forgotten.”
― Isabel Allende
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?