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Clearing pathways for narrative writing: Part 1

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Once students can say their beginning, middle, and end, know what their story is really about, and can identify their important parts, they almost always can make a solid plan and feel comfortable beginning to draft.  But sometimes it’s hard to get them to this point in the process.

Congratulations to the Winner!

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Thanks again to the Highlights Foundation for offering this amazing prize to the winner of our second Commenting Challenge.

Our Second Mid-Month Commenting Challenge

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This weekend, we have a life-changing opportunity as we offer the second mid-month challenge of the 12th Annual SOLSC.

Day 16 of the March SOLSC! #SOL19

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Welcome to Day 16 of the March SOLSC. Today, you are more than halfway through the month of writing every day.

Day 15 of the March SOLSC! #SOL19

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Writing doesn’t happen when we dream. It happens when we pay attention, set intentions, and create space to capture our thoughts. Welcome to Day 15!

Day 14 of the March SOLSC! #SOL19

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Welcome to Day #14 of the SOLSC!
Let’s just keep up our courage to press on to the goal of slicing every day!

Day 13 of the March SOLSC! #SOL19

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Welcome to Day 13 of the March SOLSC! We are so glad you are part of the slicing community.

Day 12 of the March SOLSC #SOL19

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Welcome to the 12th day of the 12th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! Write. Share. Give. BE INSPIRED Beth Moore, one of the TWT co-authors, wrote a brilliant post yesterday, and it reminded… Continue reading

Creating Clarity for Writers

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Having and stating goals takes courage, but this practice also leads to higher levels of learning and achievement.

Talking to Caregivers about Conventions and Spelling

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More than other skills, most caregivers tend to worry about spelling and conventions when it comes to their child’s writing. I get it. Those skills are right there at the tip of the writing iceberg. Those skills are concrete and obvious. Those skills are the ones that they recognize and know how to fix when they sit with their child. So how do we talk to caregivers about spelling and punctuation? Here are three ideas that you may find helpful. 

SOLSC 2019 Prize Reveal

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And so — TA-DA — here is the list of prizes for the 12th Annual SOLSC, all donated by generous publishers and individuals.

Thinking About Implicit Bias: Teaching Writing With a Social Justice Lens

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As we think about our implicit biases, maybe the most important thing is that we increase our awareness and act from a place of humility and reflection– with a willingness to take a look at parts of our belief systems and behaviors that are uncomfortable, at best. When we know better, we do better. And isn’t that the goal?

Overview: Teaching Writing With a Social Justice Lens

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Throughout our posts this week, you may read the refrain, “When we know better, we do better.” We are on the continuum of growing our own understandings and practices around the importance of social justice, cultural awareness, empathy, and inclusion. We hope you join the conversation. Please comment. Please share your own experiences and resources. Please begin conversations within your own environments and practices.

When Conventions Aren’t Sticking–Some Tips and Tricks

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Disclaimer: you’re not going to find the miracle cure for getting students to use conventions in their writing within this post. I don’t have one. And I’ve read a lot, researched a lot, and tried a lot of things. That being said, you may come across some ideas that apply not only to conventions, but also to the writing process as a whole, and maybe even to life. (That might be a stretch…but maybe—)

Seeking Prize Donations for SOL Challenge

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March is coming at us! Maybe more quickly than we realize…  Among other things, March brings the Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC)! At Two Writing Teachers, we hope you are planning to participate… Continue reading

An Elaboration Tool for Self-reflection and Revision

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“Show don’t tell,” we say over and over to students but–it’s harder than it sounds, though, maybe for multiple reasons.

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. I loved this tweet that came up… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Welcome to Slice of Life!

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Welcome to Slice of Life! I am sharing a screenshot of an important reminder from author Anne Lamott. At Ted.com, she has thirteen more reminders about living the life of a writer. If… Continue reading

Continuing to think about our mentor texts

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While we have to ask ourselves questions about where books fit into our curriculum and how books support mindsets, now, more than ever, we should be asking how the books we use promote social justice and cultural awareness. These questions do not apply only to the books we offer students to read, but also the books we use to teach students to write. 

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. If you are a slicer and you… Continue reading