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Keeping Narrative Alive

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By the middle of October, many students in our district are nearing the end of their first writing unit, and in almost all grades, that first writing unit has a narrative focus. Students… Continue reading

Providing Ladders of Expectations

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All writers learn from studying each other’s writing.

It’s Tuesday! Please join us with a slice of life!

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Welcome to our weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge!  Write your post. Share the permalink to your own blog post with the community. Comment on at least three other posts. If you are a slicer who… Continue reading

Offering Choice in the Planning Process

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As in all aspects of writing workshop, students should have choice in their planning process.

It’s Tuesday! Time to share a slice of life!

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Welcome to our weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge! Write. Share. Give. Please leave the permalink to your own blog post, and comment on at least three other posts. Comments energize writers and keep… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Join us with a slice of life!

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Welcome to our weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge! Please leave the permalink to your own blog post, and comment on at least three other posts. Comments energize writers and keep our writing community… Continue reading

Pausing to remember 9/11

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Sixteen years ago, I kissed my three daughters goodbye as I left them in the gym’s babysitting room, and I headed up to the aerobics room to teach my 9:15 step class. My… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Time to share a slice of life!

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  Welcome to our weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge! At Two Writing Teachers, we believe in the importance of a writing community. Please leave the permalink to your own blog post, and comment on… Continue reading

Teaching Students to Self-Monitor

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Three strategies to use so that students develop their own ability to monitor themselves as writers.

Ideas for getting started with google forms

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Google forms helps with record keeping and planning next instructional moves in writing workshop and more. Here are some ideas to get started!

Structure: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

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Writing Workshops have important structural components.

A Data System For Tracking Progress

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The  last post I wrote was about what students will say leads to their growth as writers. In that post, I mentioned the data system we use to track their progress, and several people… Continue reading

Asking Students What Worked

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Sometimes we learn a lot by asking students what makes the difference in their lives as learners.

The Question Formulation Technique for Deepening Thought

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The Question Formulation Technique is a powerful instructional strategy across content areas.

A Few Games to Inspire Writing Lives

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Here are a few writing games that can add fun and play to learning!

Helping Parents Understand Writing Workshop: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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I love watching parents and children enjoying our town library during the summer months. There’s so much joy in reading together and selecting piles of books to bring home. My own daughters could… Continue reading

A Peek into Opinion Writing

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Here’s a peek at some of my favorite tools for opinion writing and perhaps some ideas for developing tools for other genres, as well.

Elaboration Strategies for Information Writing

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Sometimes information writing sounds like a list–teach students strategies to add voice and elaboration as they teach readers.

SOLSC Participant Pledge

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Congratulations!  You have completed the 10th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.  You have already reaped the benefits of this challenge: you have developed a daily writing habit, you have become a valued… Continue reading

Day 30 of the SOLSC #sol17

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It’s Day 30, and it’s been an incredible month of presence, intention, and inspiration. A few weeks ago, we all set a goal, and we made a commitment to be a part of a writing… Continue reading