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Stronger Essay Writing: Differentiating Between Reasons and Evidence

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The word essay comes from the latin exigere, meaning “to ascertain,” or “to weigh.” It was used in the late 15th century as a verb, meaning “to test the quality of.” Writing in essay form… Continue reading

Setting Up for Writing about History

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Will you be teaching your students to write about history soon? Read this first!

A Writing Conference with an English Language Learner Using Google Translate

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Read on for a snippet of a writing conference using Google Translate with an upper elementary student who is learning English.

Five Grammar Lessons With Sneaky Double-Duty Goals 

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Check out these quick, easy grammar lessons that will clean up and power up your students’ writing.

Building Ideas in Research Writing

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Research-based writing need not be collections of facts. Teach your students to interpret as they research and to use their ideas to expand their writing.

Independent Persuasive Writing Projects

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A possible plan for a unit on persuasive writing independent projects

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 31 OF 31

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Huge Congratulations! Today is the final day of the March classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 30 OF 31

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It’s the penultimate day in this month’s Classroom Slice of Life Story Writing Challenge. Join us!

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 29 OF 31

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Wow! It’s Day 29 Classroom Slicers!

Getting the Most Out of Any Professional Development: P.D. Possibilities

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Today, Anna wraps up our March blog series on professional development and offers tips for getting the most out of any PD, anytime, anywhere, on any topic.

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 28 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 28 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 27 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 27 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 26 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 26 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 25 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 25 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 24 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 24 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.

Quality Reading Instruction Leads to Better Writing: A Review of Jennifer Serravallo’s Independent Reading Assessment 

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When I tested Jennifer Serravallo’s Independent Reading Assessment (Scholastic), I was an immediate believer. Finally, here is a reading assessment that gives rich, clear information about upper grade readers, using an authentic reading… Continue reading

Using Qualities of Information Writing to Guide Students to Set Goals: Diving Into Information Writing Blog Series

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It’s important to help students to set a vision for the work ahead at the start of an information writing unit (or any writing unit, for that matter). This post shows how.

Preview: Diving into Information Writing Blog Series

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We are thrilled to launch our latest blog series, Diving Into Information Writing. Click on for a preview of the week to come on Two Writing Teachers.

WRITE. SHARE. GIVE. #TWTBlog

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Share your Slice today with the Two Writing Teachers community. Just do it.

Essential Thoughts: Building a Community of Writers — Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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Throwback week continues on Two Writing Teachers. Today, Anna throws back to Deb, who shared how to foster deep writing community bonds back in August.