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And the Winner Is…

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Meet the winner of our first Commenting Challenge!

Commenting Challenge

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Are you ready for a Commenting Challenge? Check out this amazing prize!

It’s Not Too Late

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It’s not too late to sign up for the SOLSC!

SOLSC Prize Reveal!

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Take a look at all the amazing prices for the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Seeds of Freedom: A Review & Giveaway

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Are you looking for books to add to your Black History Month book list?  Are you looking for mentor texts to teach your students certain writing crafts?  You can add Seeds of Freedom: The… Continue reading

Writing to a Prompt

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Our students spend their time in choice-based, unit-driven writing workshops. They are not accustomed to writing to a prompt.

Generating Ideas: Three Strategies from PiBoIdMo

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Three strategies to generate story ideas

Call for Slices

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Write, Share, Give

Aim Higher: Setting Goals for Editing

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See how my students set personal editing goals.

Preview: Aim Higher Blog Series

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A preview of our new blog series

An Invitation & SOLS

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Write, Share, Give

Because Of a Word

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Kids in grades 3rd – 6th choose One Little Word

Share your Story

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Write, Share, Give

When Notebooks Go Home

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Are you worried about sending writer’s notebooks home with your students? What if they don’t bring them back?

Looking for Prize Donations

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We are looking for readers of our blog who are willing to donate a writing-related prize for the 8th Annual SOLSC.

SOLS and a New Hashtag

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Write, share, give.

Dana’s One Little Word for 2015

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I want to concentrate on living a full life, not a busy one.

Writing Mentors

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All writers need mentors. Who are yours?

Throwback Week: Information Writing – Upping the Ante on Text Features

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In almost every classroom I have coached in, kids get really excited about adding text features to their informational writing. They love adding pictures, labels, maps, and table of contents to their writing.  But… Continue reading

Conferring Roles

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What is the teacher’s role in a conference? What is the student’s role?