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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

Day 29 of the March SOLSC #sol17

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Day 29. Almost to the end. The finish line is right there. Writing every day for 31 days is a big deal, and so is being a part of this community. Special Announcement… Continue reading

Day 28 of the March SOLSC-#sol17

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Welcome to Day 28. I’m actually starting to have the withdrawal pangs that have set in for the last several Aprils. Anyone else? Quote of the Day   Be inspired Karen Hasler takes… Continue reading

Day 27 of the March SOLSC #sol17

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On the 27th day, the end is in sight. We’ve all been writing for 27 days, and we’ve also been supporting each other with comments and the energy that comes within a community… Continue reading

Day 26 of the March SOLSC #sol17

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Welcome to Day 26 of the Challenge. We’re winding down… If you’re sharing your students’ Slice of Life stories, please head over to the Classroom Slice of Life.  ANNOUNCEMENTS If you’re a new… Continue reading

Day 25 of the March SOLSC #sol17

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Welcome to Day 25 of the annual Slice of Life Story Challenge. We’re winding down into the final days. If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the… Continue reading

Day 24 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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You’ve made it to Day 24 of the annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge. Given that my… Continue reading

And the Winner is…

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The Highlights Foundation donated a writing workshop to the winner of last weekend’s Commenting Challenge.

A Big Prize For Our Weekend Commenting Challenge

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As you know, our community thrives on comments. We share our stories and we connect with our readers. In the spirit of that community, we are offering the second mid-month challenge of the 10th Annual SOLSC. This weekend, we have a life-changing opportunity!

Transitional Phrases for Information Writing

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Information writing is a great opportunity for teaching students about fluency and transitional phrases.