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 … Continue Reading Work Smarter: Use checklists throughout a unit of study …and beyond
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 … Continue Reading Writing About Reading Begins With Thinking About Reading
“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: … Continue Reading Write, share, give: It’s SOL time!
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 … Continue Reading Teaching Writing in Middle School: Notes from the Saturday Reunion #TCRWP
“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 … Continue Reading Write, share, give: It’s SOL time!
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 … Continue Reading Writing through the visual arts: an “in between” unit of study
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 … Continue Reading WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: IT’S SOL TIME
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 … Continue Reading Student Self-Assessment: Introducing the Writing Checklist
“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 … Continue Reading Write, Share, Give: It’s SOL Time
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 … Continue Reading Some Notes from the September 22nd, 2014 TCRWP Conference
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 … Continue Reading Starting the year with Slice of Life writing.
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 … Continue Reading Sometimes we don’t write in writing workshop
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 … Continue Reading So, what does it take to be a great writing teacher? Students’ point of view.
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 … Continue Reading Setting up the reading journal for a year of writing about reading
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 … Continue Reading Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: Setting up the Writer’s Notebook for a Year of Writing
“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver