With two weeks left in our school year, it is at last time to begin putting together our writing portfolios, setting aside some time to time travel through our year … Continue Reading Curating a year of writing: assembling writing portfolios and time for reflection
A recent visit to San Francisco inspired me to think about oral story telling, publishing, an persuasive writing. Here are five things my trip left me thinking about. PLUS, leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a copy of a new picture book from Chronicle Books.
This nighttime drawing journal is the perfect summer keepsake for our youngest writers.
Today’s interview holds a host of insights into the way in which Megan Jean Sovern, author of The Meaning of Maggie, develops characters, brings themes to the fore, and plans plot trajectory. Suffice it to say, I came away more than a little inspired.
Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Challenge! Did you know that there have been quite a few newcomers in the past few weeks? Take some time to spread the love … Continue Reading It’s Time for the Tuesday Slice of Life Challenge
It’s almost summer! Time for sunshine, flip-flops, barbecue grills, and reading student writing.
NO! Don’t let it end!
How do you develop a good ending to a story? Use text and student examples.
We are neck deep in drafting various pieces for our multi genre writing project these days, and I am noticing (and celebrating) two ways in which our workshop has changed, … Continue Reading Technology in Writing Workshop: When Students Take The Lead
I want to know where do you write. At a computer or on paper? At a desk or on a couch? At home or at a coffee shop?
Four tips to set yourself up for summer writing!
Looking for a way to end the writing year with transference, engagement, and noticeable growth? Choosing a familiar writing unit may be just the way.
It’s Tuesday! Time to share a story from your life with our amazing community of writers. Here are some words of wisdom about writing from author John Green, who, if … Continue Reading Join Us for the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge
Recently, I caught up with my friend and colleague Chris Lehman. For a little end-of-the-year inspiration, please enjoy our interview: Beth: Your books make it clear that you have a … Continue Reading An Interview with Educator and Author Chris Lehman
We will be starting a unit on informational writing to wrap up the school year. I wanted to demonstrate a different way of finding a topic, a narrow topic. I … Continue Reading How Do First Graders Choose Narrow Topics?
Find out which five, NEW picture books I’m fawning over this Friday.
Today’s post is based on a workshop presented at the International Reading Association conference titled: Thinking, Talking, and Writing about Nonfiction Reading. Nonfiction Book Clubs provide the perfect opportunity for students to solidify all they are learning and to get better at writing about their reading.
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I pulled a child-sized chair over to Zach and sat down next to him. “How’s it going?” I asked. “Not good,” was his reply. “What seems to be the trouble?” … Continue Reading A Quick Little Conference About Choices
In case you missed it…all of last week we’ve been running a blog series devoted to fostering independent writing across grade levels, across the school year, and even during the … Continue Reading ICYMI: The TWT Independent Writing Blog Series
The last quarter of the school year brings gifts all its own – it’s a time to celebrate all the investment that has been made during the first … Continue Reading Independent Writng: Multi-genre writing projects to celebrate a year of writing workshop