Monthly Archive: April, 2014

How Are You Living Your OLW?

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How are you living your One Little Word?

It’s SOL Time

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“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
― Louis L’Amour

The Meaning of Maggie Book Review + Win a Copy of a Fabulous Read

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Soon-to-be-released The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern is a lovely book that offers plenty of opportunities to study high-level character development.

Top Ten Ways to Keep Minilessons from Turning into Maxilessons

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We’ve all been there. You’ve gathered your students into the classroom meeting area, nice and cozy, with the intention of doing just a quick l’il minilesson. Just a quick tip about writing and… Continue reading

A Special Visitor

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No need to adjust your glasses, that’s Barry Lane and he spread his message throughout my school this week.

Revisiting the Writer’s Notebook with “Revision Centers”

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The last quarter of the school year signals a time of mixed feelings – the year is almost over,  and even though we look forward to restful summer days, there is the sadness… Continue reading

Connecting with Other Writers

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I had the pleasure of speaking about “Curating and Cultivating a Virtual Community of Writers” with the members of the Chester County Reading Association this afternoon. I talked about the ways blogging, microblogging, other digital technologies allow teacher-writers to interact with each other worldwide.

What’s Your Process?

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Listen to a group of 6th graders discuss their writing process.

The Opposite of Loneliness + a Book Giveaway

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I rarely read collections of short stories or essays, but I made an exception for The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan. It’s a book written by a debut author. Unfortunately, it’s her final title since she died tragically in 2012.

Write, Share, Give: It’s SOL Time

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Share a story from your well.

Exploring Content-Based Poetry

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Looking for a writing exercise that effectively blends content learning and poetry? A technique borrowed from Georgia Heard could be just the thing.

It’s SOL Time!

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What’s going on in your world today? Share your story here today at TWT!

April Vacation

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Here in Vermont, winter is white and sparkly, all jingle bells and sleigh rides. Summer is green and luscious, with blue skies and sunshine. Fall is golden and red and drop dead gorgeous.… Continue reading

How to Write a Poem: An Exercise

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“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

―William Wordsworth

Creating mini-units of study in writing workshop: writing to bear witness.

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In my sixth grade class, we cycle through a set of genres every Writing Workshop year: personal narrative, memoir, feature article, poetry, profiles, and persuasive letters and research based essays.  Taken together, these… Continue reading

Sharing Some Exciting News

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I’m proud to announce my second professional book with Stenhouse Publishers will be coming to you in the winter of 2016.

Prize Announcement for the 7th Annual SOLSC!

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Announcing the prize winners from the 7th Annual SOLSC!

SOL Tuesday is here!

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Join us today by writing a slice of your life, sharing your link, and giving comments to at least three other Slicers.

Confer with Students Via Google Hangout

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Make use of Google Hangouts when you need to work with writers outside of writing workshop time. Here are five quick ways to use this FREE technology.

Supporting Organization in Persuasive Writing

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Color-coding is a quick and simple way to support students with that all-important skill of organization. Persuasive writing is a case in point.