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

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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Share your Slice of Life story here!

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.

SOL Tuesday!

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Welcome to SOL Tuesday! Take a peek at links and information related to the March Challenge ICYMI and of course–write, share, and give!

One Little Word Can Make all the Difference

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Welcome to a Roundup of our OLW posts for 2019!

A New Year and a New Hashtag!

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Welcoming 2019 with Tuesday Slice of Life and a new hashtag! #SOL19

SOL Tuesday and Holiday Wishes

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Love and best wishes from all of us at #TWTBlog on the last SOL Tuesday of 2018!

SOL Tuesday is Here!

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Get up and write today!

SOL Tuesday

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Stop for a moment today and write.

Reimagining Writing Assessment: A Reflection + Giveaway

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In the opening pages of Maja Wilson’s book, REIMAGINING WRITING ASSESSMENT, Thomas Newkirk gets the ball rolling with this statement, “Rubrics regularly fail to offer help to a writer because they focus on what writing has (features) not what writing does (effect).” Today I’m sharing my reflections as well as offering a giveaway to one lucky reader.

Transitioning From Support to Independence

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What areas of independence do you wish writers took on more freely in your workshop?

Write. Share. Give.

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Welcome to the final month of 2018’s Slice of Life community!

The Quickwrite Handbook, A Review +Giveaway

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Linda Rief has collected a treasure of mentor texts and created a guide to encourage you to find your own treasures! Start here, get inspired, and then see what you find when you start looking. It can be as small or big as you want when you begin and Linda gives us all the right tools to get started.

ICYMI: Notebooks as a Writer’s Tool

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We hope you enjoyed our November Blog Series all about writer’s notebooks. In case you missed it, here is the recap to get you up to speed!

Whose Notebook is it Anyway? Notebooks as a Writer’s Tool

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Encouraging engagement with notebooks means we may need to get out of the way. The notebook should always feel like it belongs to the writer.

The Writing Process for Perfectionists

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To put it simply, the writing process can be excruciating for our perfectionists. If we aren’t careful, we can unintentionally curb the enthusiasm of a writer who leans toward perfection.

Synthesizing: The Step Between Research and Writing

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Synthesizing is that step we can’t skip when teaching our writers to craft research writing. It is within the wait time between the research and the writing that students gain their best understandings. Here are five strategies to help your writers fill that wait time with meaningful ways to get their gears in motion in a mixing of new thinking.

Listening Bit by Bit

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Using video and visuals helped this young third-grader lead his class in a lesson on rehearsal and planning.

Stepping Toward Poetry

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Did you experiment with some poetry now that the school year is in full swing? If not, here are a few more ideas to convince you poetry can be woven into your day. It starts with you.