Monthly Archive: April, 2015

Learning From Ralph Fletcher: Teaching Authentic Information Writing

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Two weekends ago, thanks to Bonnie Kaplan and the Hudson Valley Writing Project, I had the great pleasure of attending Ralph Fletcher’s presentation: “Making Nonfiction from Scratch: How Can We Give Students the Time, the Tools, and the Vision They Need in Order to Create Authentic Information Writing?” I knew it would be a great morning of learning …

Conferring with Young Writers

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A peek into a coaching cycle centered on writing conferences with first graders.

Write, Share, Give

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Reminder: Our TWT family is expanding. If you are interested in sharing your love for writing workshop, working with kids and inspiring others through your teaching we hope to hear from you. Here… Continue reading

Growing Students Who Love Poetry

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  Back in March, I had the pleasure of attending the Michigan Reading Association conference in Grand Rapids, MI. I had been preparing my own presentation for the event and had neglected to… Continue reading

Reading & Writing Connections: Getting to Know a Character on the Outside and the Inside

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“Writers,” Ali said as she leaned in close to teach her second graders, “I’ve got an important tip for you about your realistic fiction characters. You’ve done such a great job describing what they are… Continue reading

Throwback Week: NOTICE & NOTE AND MEMOIR–WHEN READING WORKSHOP MEETS WRITING WORKSHOP

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Let’s check in on a moment in Tara’s class from early November of last year as she shares connections between reading and writing workshop.

Throwback Week: Be A Teacher Who Writes Poetry

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Be a teacher who writes poetry and share it with your students.

THROWBACK WEEK: Pens Versus Pencils

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What do you think is better for kids to use in writing workshop: pens or pencils?

Throwback Week: Exploring Content-Based Poetry

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This Throwback Post written by Anna is sure to inspire you during National Poetry Month!

Write, Share, Give

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WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers. Stretch yourself as a… Continue reading

THROWBACK WEEK: Making Paragraph Decisions

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Throwback week continues on Two Writing Teachers. Today, Anna shares one of Dana’s classics.

A Week of Oldies But Goodies: Throwback Week!

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This week on Two Writing Teachers, we each chose another co-author’s previously published post to feature as part of our very own Throwback Week.

The Reading Strategies Book

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Have plans mid-June? Cancel them and prepare to run to your nearest bookstore. The Reading Strategies Book by Jen Serravallo is a must and is intended for grades K-8!

Notes from the TCRWP workshop with Carl Anderson – Writing With Mentor Texts

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I knew I’d learn something fabulous about the use of mentor texts in writing workshop at Carl Anderson’s session during TCRWP’s March Saturday Reunion…

Quick Tips for Writing Teaching Points

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A guide to crafting your own teaching points for 1:1 conferences, strategy lessons, minilessons, mid-workshop interruptions, and share sessions.

Announcing the Prize Winners!

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Here is the list of prize winners from our 8th Annual SOLSC!

Expanding Our Team

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Are you interested in joining the TWT Co-Author Team?

Write, Share, Give

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Have you been a year-long slicer?

Writing Day and Night!

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Check out Michigan author, Ruth McNally Barshaw and a peek at our family literacy night!

Helping Silent Kids Talk in a Conference

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Last week, I had a little brainstorming session with one of my favorite groups of teachers and we came up with a list of tried-and-true teaching moves to help the truly non-talking kids open up a little when it comes time to talk about the work they’ve been doing.