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Year-End Sharing, Reflecting and Celebrating

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We cannot underestimate the value of year-end sharing, celebrating and reflecting opportunities for young writers.

Ending the Year with Intention

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When this post goes live, there will be just 13 teaching days left in my school year. The end is coming quickly and more than ever, every minute counts. I’m thinking about how… Continue reading

Books Inspire Writing: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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Another way to keep the writing going during summer is to look to books for ideas and inspiration.

Poetry Begins with Play

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Learning to play with words is an important step for young writers who are learning to create poems.

Day 23 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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Welcome to day 23 of the #SOL17  challenge. If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge. ANNOUNCEMENTS As you are enjoying the comments left on… Continue reading

Day 22 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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 This is your 22nd day of continuous writing. Bravo! If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge. ANNOUNCEMENTS As you are enjoying the comments left… Continue reading

Day 21 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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It’s day 21. Welcome! If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge. ANNOUNCEMENTS As you are enjoying the comments left on your posts, please try… Continue reading

Day 20 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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You’ve made it to the last third of the #SOL17 challenge. Happy Monday. Happy slicing. If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge. ANNOUNCEMENTS As… Continue reading

Day 19 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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Today is our 19th day of the SOLSC. We are glad you’re here. If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge. ANNOUNCEMENTS Please see Melanie’s… Continue reading

Day 18 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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Welcome to day 18 of the SOLSC. We are glad you are here! If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge. ANNOUNCEMENTS Please see Melanie’s… Continue reading

Day 17 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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You’ve made it to day 17! Have you noticed that daily writing is beginning to get easier?  If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge.… Continue reading

Day 16 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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Today is our 16th day together. You’re officially in the second half of the challenge. Welcome! If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge. BE… Continue reading

Day 15 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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Welcome to day 15. You’ve made it to the halfway point of the challenge! If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge.  ANNOUNCEMENTS Are you a… Continue reading

Shaking Up Personal Narrative

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Ever since I read this post by Katie Kraushaar, I’ve been thinking about personal narrative and wondering why it is that students, particularly in middle elementary grades and beyond, are sometimes less than enthusiastic about… Continue reading

Teaching Writing, Learning Writing

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As I get ready for the March SOLSC, I’m thinking about ways to support writers when ideas, energy and inspiration waver.

ICYMI: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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Thank you for joining us for our blog series Authentic Purposes for Writing. Melanie said it well with the introductory words in her post, “We all agree that our students will benefit from… Continue reading

Writing for Audience: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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Sometimes we write to clarify our thinking or record a moment so it won’t be lost in our memories. Other times we write to entertain, inform, or instruct. Recently, many of us have… Continue reading

Join the 10th Annual March SOLSC Welcome Wagon Team!

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5   My father used to say, “February is the longest month.” But really, we know it isn’t. Thankfully we can look forward to the Tenth Annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge!… Continue reading

A Perfect Time For Pattern Books

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Yesterday, first graders celebrated Halfway day at my school. It it hard to believe we are halfway through the school year. And yet, when I am in writing workshop classrooms, I see much… Continue reading

The Heart Work of Persuasive Writing

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How can we help writers develop solid ideas before delving too far into the work of persuasive writing?