Monthly Archive: January, 2019

Writing Speeches to Inspire Change: Teaching Writing With a Social Justice Lens

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Persuasive speech writing is a powerful way to show students their voices matter, to use the mandated curriculum as that springboard for thinking critically. But before my students begin to write speeches, there is work to be done.

Mentor Texts to Increase Empathy: Teaching Writing with a Social Justice Lens

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Today I continue our conversation with mentor texts when teaching writing through a social justice lens. Empathy is the first step toward building understandings beyond ourselves. It takes imagination and compassion.

Inclusive Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing with a Social Justice Lens

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We can have a positive impact on children’s reading lives when we attempt to make sure every child’s life is reflected in books AND that every child can understand the experiences of other people by reading books. By doing this, we not only positively impact our students, but we improve our society as a whole.

Write. Share. Give.

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January is almost over but it’s not too late to start a writing habit! Join us today for #SOL19.

Language Awareness In Classrooms: Teaching Writing with a Social Justice Lens

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There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways that each of us use language each day that intentionally or unintentionally limits some of our students capacity to learn from us. Here are just a few.

Thinking About Implicit Bias: Teaching Writing With a Social Justice Lens

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As we think about our implicit biases, maybe the most important thing is that we increase our awareness and act from a place of humility and reflection– with a willingness to take a look at parts of our belief systems and behaviors that are uncomfortable, at best. When we know better, we do better. And isn’t that the goal?

Overview: Teaching Writing With a Social Justice Lens

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Throughout our posts this week, you may read the refrain, “When we know better, we do better.” We are on the continuum of growing our own understandings and practices around the importance of social justice, cultural awareness, empathy, and inclusion. We hope you join the conversation. Please comment. Please share your own experiences and resources. Please begin conversations within your own environments and practices.

Highlights from We Got This

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I’ve attended 14 TCRWP summer institutes since I began my teaching career. I’ve learned countless things about becoming a better teacher of writers. Through the years, I’ve also learned which afternoon choice sessions… Continue reading

Rethinking Learning Targets

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We all want to support and nurture inspired writers who work independently. So how might we carefully avoid creating uninspiring, teacher-dependent environments for learning? I present a few ideas here…

The Welcome Wagon Needs You! Second Call for Volunteers

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Camila, a kindergartner, returned to her fictional book about a dinosaur and butterfly day after day, adding a bit more detail to each picture, stretching through more sounds in each word. The kind… Continue reading

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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Share your Slice of Life story here!

When Conventions Aren’t Sticking–Some Tips and Tricks

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Disclaimer: you’re not going to find the miracle cure for getting students to use conventions in their writing within this post. I don’t have one. And I’ve read a lot, researched a lot, and tried a lot of things. That being said, you may come across some ideas that apply not only to conventions, but also to the writing process as a whole, and maybe even to life. (That might be a stretch…but maybe—)

Take Writing To A New Level

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So here we are in January! The year is flying by, but don’t fret, it’s not too late to relish new possibilities and embark on a something that’s been nagging you!

Classroom SOLSC Makes a Move!

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This year, the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge is making a move from March to April! Read to find out more about the challenge and how you can take part!

Overview of the 12th Annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge

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This March, we’ll host the 12th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.

Write. Share. Give.

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Welcome to another Tuesday of writing!

Where to Begin: Developing Fiction Writers

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My students have been getting sparked by a character to develop believable stories in their realistic fiction unit.

Reconsider & Reimagine Homework

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Have you always dreamed of eradicating homework for your students? This post will help you get started on making that dream a reality with three steps you can take this weekend.

Strengthening Writing Partnerships, Part 2

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In my previous November post about partnerships, three ideas were shared: (1) Study existing partnerships to assess current and potential effectiveness; (2) Teach a replicable process for meaningful revision; and (3) Teach writers how to create process pages.  Today I will share just a few more strategies for supporting and strengthening writing partnerships…

Supporting Emergent Writers With Spacing

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For young children, one of the most challenging parts of writing a sentence is including spaces between words. I’ve collected a variety of strategies and tools to support writers with this feat.