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Keeping a “for school” writer’s notebook

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When I first began teaching writing workshop, I brought my own writer’s notebook into class to share with my students…

Demonstration Writing: Sometimes They Need To See “Writing Thinking”

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Making my writing thinking visible to my students has given them another tool to “get unstuck”…

Where do your minilessons live?

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How do we keep these minilessons alive for our kids? What do we do to make sure our kids have these anchor charts to reference as they begin drafting, revising, editing?

Using The Writer’s Notebook To Grow Ideas:Diving Into Information Writing

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Start students on the road to thinking about topics they might become interested in researching and writing about from day one.

Tara’s Tweet Roundup

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It’s the end-of-the-month curated collection of writing Tweets!

MAKING A CHART: WHEN I’M DONE WITH MY WRITING: PART OF #TWTBLOG’S THROWBACK WEEK

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I love this post by Dana, in which she takes us into an extraordinary first grade classroom. Here, Mrs. B. demonstrates two great teaching moves…

How to Assess Students’ Digital Writing – Ideas from Troy Hicks’ New Book

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In Assessing Students’ Digital Writing:Protocols For Looking Closely, Troy Hicks and a team of forward looking educators have given us lenses through which to appreciate and evaluate the type of digital creativity that students seem adept at…

The Slice of Life Project…with a “twist”

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Hello, readers! It’s October…time for me to make my annual pitch for writing teachers everywhere to try the year round Slice of Life Project…

A View From The Classroom: Month One.

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October is here! We’ve been in school for just about a month now, and our writing workshop has moved from its early stages of uncertainty and experimentation to let’s-get-down-to-it writing routines…

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.

Let’s invite every writer in our classroom to create mentor texts!

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As a writing teacher, I am always on the lookout for rich and varied mentor texts to share with my students as we work our way through genres and, more importantly, try to live writerly lives…

WRITE. SHARE. GIVE.

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Jane Kenyon, on writing: Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by… Continue reading

WRITE. SHARE. GIVE.

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It’s Tuesday, let’s write! 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.

Building a conferring binder

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Someday, perhaps I will finally make the break from old-fashioned binder to new fangled conferring app. But, for now, I have two just assembled conferring binders with which to begin a year of exciting work…

WRITE. SHARE. GIVE.

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It’s Tuesday, let’s write!

Building a culture of bravery in writing workshop

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In these early days of writing workshop, we work on being brave…

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.

Put poetry into your writing tool kit all year!

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Naturally, April seems to be the month to introduce poetry units of study as either part of writing or reading workshop, and that is a lovely celebration to look forward to. But, why wait until April? Why not bring the power of poetry into our workshops from the very beginning of the school year?

Begin the writing workshop year by writing on “Day One”

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This year, I’m reaching back into habits of old and carving out time to write during that first day. Here are some things I will keep in mind…

Creating Classroom Environments: Setting up for the middle school writing workshop.

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Teaching writing workshop at the middle school level can be an extraordinarily satisfying experience: middle schoolers are ready and willing to think deeply about issues, they understand more, they want to examine issues about the world and themselves, and writing workshop gives them the perfect opportunity to stretch and grow as individuals and as writers. But …