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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

What goes in a Writer’s Notebook? Notebooks as a Writer’s Tool

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Regardless of genre, we want to inspire students to develop their voices as writers, and then use those voices to entertain, inform, and change the world.

SOL (and Election) Tuesday

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Somehow, I’m guessing that this community is not one that needs reminders to vote, but maybe we all need inspiration and energy to encourage everyone around us to get to the polls today.… Continue reading

Overview: Notebooks as a Writer’s Tool Blog Series

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Though the topic of this series is notebooks, the spotlight of each of our posts shines on writers. Our goal is to foster the kind of writers who, at any age, habitually collect ideas. Writer’s notebooks can most certainly become a powerful tool for this.

Continuing to Think About Google Forms

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I am so grateful to have this resource available to me as an educator at no cost. Maybe someday, I’ll get to thank whoever is behind the Google Curtain in person. In the meantime, I’ll share what’s been working and I’ll look forward to hearing about how some of you end up doing it even better!

Unexpected Benefits of Flash Fiction

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Story compression did not require many instructional minutes, but the ratio of instructional value to the time it took was so worthwhile!

Pausing to Remember 9/11

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We, at Two Writing Teachers, pause today to remember all the lives that were lost and the heroes who gave their all in trying to save others. Since tomorrow is a Slice of Life Tuesday, our post about 9/11 is published today.

Nudging Students to Think of Ideas

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The fact that these charts have an interactive element is a key part of their usefulness because they end of being not only an idea-generating tool, but also an accountability tool.

In Case You Missed it: Dreaming Big in This Year’s Writing Workshop

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Thank you for joining us for our blog series Dreaming Big in This Year’s Writing Workshop. We hope you will join us for a Twitter Chat on Monday, August 13th at 8:30 EDT. We’ll… Continue reading

This is the Year I’m Going to Create and Use Strategic Writing

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“It’s a practice,” is a common refrain from the instructor in my yoga class. That being said, if my mat is anywhere close to a certain yoga rockstar, I admit it–I find myself… Continue reading

Personalizing charts to foster intention and independence

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More and more, another way we’ve been making sure that charts become part of our writers’ toolbelts is to create individual ones that are either the same as the ones on the wall or close enough that they don’t require instruction for students to access.

A few ideas for conferring

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Potentially, one of the most impactful opportunities we have for making a lasting difference on our students as writers is when we pull up next to them and confer with them. It’s SO worth spending some time reflecting, setting goals, and developing tools and strategies for the conferring work we do as teachers. 

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Tuesdays are Slice of Life days. Welcome to our community or writers, readers, and commenters.

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Tuesdays are Slice of Life days! Everyone is welcome in this community.   Welcome to the Slice of Life Community! WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your… Continue reading

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Tuesdays are Slice of Life days! Everyone is welcome in this community. “If we are asking students to take risks, we have to model risk-taking.”         Meredith Sinclair at the first… Continue reading

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Tuesdays are Slice of Life days! Everyone is welcome in this community. Sometimes we find inspiration in the strangest places. Last week, I opened a Dove chocolate–the kind that has a message inside… Continue reading