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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?

Lisa’s OLW for 2017

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Happy New Year to you, our Two Writing Teachers community. Beginning today, we co-authors will share our One Little Words for 2017. Somehow I ended up at the front of the line. “Breathe,” I… Continue reading

Watch and Notice–Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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Dana’s post on the power of demonstration writing is one of my favorites. Writers love to see their teachers write, and teachers have a terrific platform for instructing using this technique.

‘Tis the Season… Where Did the Writing Go?

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Maybe you teach in a school where all is calm during the weeks between the end of Thanksgiving weekend and the beginning of Winter break. I do not. (If you do, will you… Continue reading

Nurturing Our Notebook Work

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On Tuesday evening I attended a lecture by Lydia Davis, an award winning writer whose published work includes short stories, essays, novels, and translations of a number of classics including Madame Bovary. Davis’s… Continue reading

A Bike Like Sergio’s: Review and Giveaway!

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Maribeth Boelts’ new book A Bike Like Sergio’s will appeal to readers and writers of all ages. It’s a heartfelt story with a message to which readers will relate; the right decision is… Continue reading

Record Keeping- Why and How: Assessment Strengthens Writers

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We teachers keep all kinds of records and notes- attendance records, records of the books our students read, records about math concepts mastered, and spelling words missed. Yet, many of us struggle to… Continue reading

My Ah-ha Writing Class

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I’ve made my share of confessions here on this blog. I wrote about my struggle to keep a notebook here and here. There’s more. Now that school is in full swing, making time… Continue reading

And Just Like That, They Wrote

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Last week, I wrote about the step back our kindergarten teachers took as they launched writing workshop this year. And I admitted to you that the children were not writing, they were drawing… Continue reading

A Step Back, A Leap Forward

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Sometimes the most effective way to help writers leap ahead, is to slow things down and take a step back.

The Six Week Check-in

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Many of us are fast approaching the sixth week of school. Many of us consider that the first of countless milestones in our school year. Six weeks in, routines are beginning to solidify,… Continue reading

It’s Slice of Life Tuesday!

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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 SOL bloggers. Today’s inspiration comes from… Continue reading

Welcome to SOL Tuesday

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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 SOL bloggers. Inspiring words that are… Continue reading

Discovering and Developing Student Writer Identity

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For writers to grow, they must develop writer identities. How do we help them do that?

It’s Slice of Life Tuesday!

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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 SOL bloggers. And a little inspiration:

Making the Most of Pre-Assessments

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 We spend a week or so sharing stories, and building excitement for writing stories. We hand out notebooks with fanfare, and writers happily personalize them. They brainstorm ideas for stories they could write.… Continue reading

Welcome to Slice of Life Tuesday!

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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 SOL bloggers.

Finding Our Teacher of Writers Superpowers

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What teacher of writers superpower would you like to develop this year?

Nurturing Our Writing Lives: 5 Ways to Keep Writing

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How can we nurture our own writing lives once the school year begins? 5 ways to help us keep writing.

It’s Not Just About the Notebook

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  I started this summer with  this confession to all of you about my less than steady notebook habit. And after I let you in on my little secret, I dusted off my notebook,… Continue reading