Monthly Archive: February, 2014

Writing in Preschool: Questions and Answers

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Before this series of posts on preschool writers began, I asked you to tell me what burning questions you had. Get ready for a Q&A!

So you say you want to write children’s books?

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Last weekend I took a major step forward towards my dream of publishing children’s books. I attended the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference in New York. This post includes highlights from the keynotes and breakout sessions.

On Being a Writer

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Can first graders write Slice of Life Stories?

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: SOL TIME

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“I write only because There is a voice within me That will not be still” ― Sylvia Plath, Letters Home Welcome, Tuesday slicers.   It is the last Tuesday in February…four days from the start… Continue reading

Conducting Effective Internet Research

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Many students struggle with the research portion of research-based writing. Here are some tips to help students to conduct Internet searches safely and effectively.

Slicer Data Form

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Would you please fill out the SOLSC 2014 Participant Information Form contained in this post? It will help keep track of who is participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Further, it will assist us with timely prize distribution in April.

Writing in Preschool: Scope and Sequence

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Writing is a big animal. A subjective animal as well when it comes to teaching our youngest writers.

Some ideas about supporting young writers in the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge

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On Monday, I wrote a post about our classroom writing blog and the way this type of “digital writing notebook” enhances our work in writing workshop and helps us gear up for the… Continue reading

Interview with Susan VanHecke + a Giveaway

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I’m always looking for exemplary informational mentor texts. When Under the Freedom Tree crossed my desk, I knew I found one I wanted to share with you.  It’s the story of the first contraband… Continue reading

Prizes, Prizes, Prizes – 7th Annual SOLSC

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Take a look at all the prizes for Slice of Life Story Challenge participants!

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: SOL TIME

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Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. – Barbara Kingsolver… Continue reading

Keeping a writing blog: taking our writing workshop online

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With the  Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge  just around the corner, perhaps some of you are thinking more than ever about starting a class blog just for writing.    Over the past few… Continue reading

Writing in Preschool. Where Does it All Fit?

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“People who are comfortable composing are much more likely to have strong identities as writers than people who don’t.” Katie Wood Ray & Matt Glover

Laying a strong foundation for writing nonfiction through mentor texts

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We are moving from our researching phase  into our first draft phase in writing workshop – and my sixth graders are beginning to experience the inevitable struggle of transforming their notes  into interesting,… Continue reading

Introducing the Support Team for the March SOLSC!

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Join us in introducing a great team to make the March SOLSC even better!

Biographies with Heart

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Using mentor texts and a notebook entry to think about biographical writing

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: SOL TIME

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With our  Slice of Life  Story Challenges just around the corner,  there is still time to encourage friends and colleagues to create their blogs and get ready to join us as we “write, share,… Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Writing + a Book Giveaway

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Valentine’s Day is on Friday! Consider doing a read aloud to inspire your students to write poems, comic books, or short stories they can give to a special friend or close family member in lieu of a box of chocolates. Here are five books that will inspire primary, upper elementary, and middle school writers to craft writing that expresses heartfelt emotions.

In The Beginning…Writing in Preschool

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“Children’s play helps them focus on common problems in the format they know best: story.” Vivian Gussin Paley

Giving Students Choice in Note Taking

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Tomorrow marks the last of our research days in writing workshop.  When we return to school next week, my sixth graders will begin the process of sifting through their research and drafting their… Continue reading