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Work Smarter: Use checklists throughout a unit of study …and beyond

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I’ll begin by being honest – I don’t like checklists. It’s a personal thing.  Checklists make me anxious, they fill me with the fear of impending failure. As soon as I’ve taken the… Continue reading

Writing About Reading Begins With Thinking About Reading

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Some weeks ago, when the school year was brand new, I wrote about setting up our Reading Journals for a year of writing about our reading.  Now we are approaching the end of… Continue reading

Write, share, give: It’s SOL time!

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  “Writing is like breathing, it’s possible to learn to do it well, but the point is to do it no matter what.” ― Julia Cameron, The Right to Write: An Invitation and… Continue reading

Teaching Writing in Middle School: Notes from the Saturday Reunion #TCRWP

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By the time I arrived at Cornelius Minor’s TCRWP workshop, State-of-the-Art Workshop Teaching of Writing in Middle School, harnessing Methods Specifically Described in the New Units of Study, I had been up since… Continue reading

Write, share, give: It’s SOL time!

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“Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself, How alive am I willing to be?” ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and… Continue reading

Writing through the visual arts: an “in between” unit of study

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We are in that in-between stage right now in writing workshop, having  just completed our Personal Narrative unit, and pausing briefly before we begin our unit on memoir.  These in-between stages are often… Continue reading

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: IT’S SOL TIME

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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 SOLSC bloggers. “It’s misleading to think… Continue reading

Student Self-Assessment: Introducing the Writing Checklist

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Ever since I first received my copy of the middle school Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing , this book has been in my book bag and on my desk,… Continue reading

Write, Share, Give: It’s SOL Time

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“There is, of course, always the personal satisfaction of writing down one’s experiences so they may be saved, caught and pinned under glass, hoarded against the winter of forgetfulness. Time has been cheated… Continue reading

Some Notes from the September 22nd, 2014 TCRWP Conference

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Some notes from the September 22nd. TCRWP one-day conference, Units of Study: Implementing Rigorous, Coherent Writing Curriculum for Grades 6-8 presented by  Mary Ehrenworth. Something worth charting – a visual for how workshop… Continue reading

Starting the year with Slice of Life writing.

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As I mentioned in my post last week, my students’ first day of school writing surveys revealed a strong aversion to writing and a sense of “I have nothing to really write about.”… Continue reading

Sometimes we don’t write in writing workshop

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On our first full day of sixth grade, I hand each of my students a reading and writing survey and ask them to tell me a little bit about themselves as readers and… Continue reading

So, what does it take to be a great writing teacher? Students’ point of view.

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For the past many years, writing workshop in our middle school ended in sixth grade.  They would, of course, continue to write in seventh grade, but that every other day of writing workshop… Continue reading

Setting up the reading journal for a year of writing about reading

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Ever since I began teaching, my students’ reading journals have been as much “the gateway to all the work we will be doing from September to June” (to borrow a phrase from a… Continue reading

Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: Setting up the Writer’s Notebook for a Year of Writing

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  Welcome back, readers!  We have returned from our July break refreshed and ready for a new school year of sharing ideas, resources,  and teaching practices here at Two Writing Teachers. For many… Continue reading

WRITE. SHARE. GIVE. IT’S SOL TIME.

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“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver

WRITE. SHARE. GIVE. IT’S SOL TIME.

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“This is our goal as writers, I think; to help others have this sense of–please forgive me–wonder, of seeing things anew, things that can catch us off guard, that break in on our… Continue reading

Write. Share. Give. It’s SOL Time.

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  “What is the purpose of writing? For me personally, it is really to explain the mystery of life, and the mystery of life includes, of course, the personal, the political, the forces… Continue reading

Gifts From the Enemy: Book review and win a copy of this very special book.

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“There are those who say that what I’ve lived through never happened. But I’m here to tell you that it did.  My name is Alter Wiener and I am an ordinary person with… Continue reading

Write. Share. Give. It’s SOL time.

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      “This is our goal as writers, I think; to help others have this sense of–please forgive me–wonder, of seeing things anew, things that can catch us off guard, that break… Continue reading