Author Archive

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.

Better Late Than Never

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It is not too late to sign up for the 10th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.  Anyone who signs up by Saturday, March 4th is still eligible for one of our fabulous… Continue reading

A Peek Into My Evolving Chartbook

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Over the years, my chartbook has evolved. Here are some of the latest pages.

Setting Goals With Students

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Once we teach students about goals and the importance of them in our lives, we can use the accompanying language in all aspects of their, and our own, learning.

Exploring Feelings Through Writing: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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This week, my TWT colleagues and I are writing about the importance of authentic purpose to writers. We all agree that our students will benefit from having strong voices, clear messages, and wide… Continue reading

Vocabulary Ideas From NCTE

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Already, NCTE seems like a long time ago. However, as I reread my notes and think about some of the lasting learning, I have more to share! Vocabulary Matters was a great session!

Melanie’s OLW for 2017

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My one little word was not difficult to choose this year. The challenge will be about honoring it throughout 2017!

Active Authentic Audiences: PART OF #TWTBLOG’S THROWBACK WEEK

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Deb shared fabulous ideas about developing authentic audiences in a post she wrote for the blog series on What Matters Most.

Using Mentor Texts With Students

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Kelly Boswell reminded me of a three step process for using mentor texts with students.

Ways for Caregivers To Support Children’s Writing Lives

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Feel free to add on or share some ideas of how caregivers can support children’s writerly lives.

Thinking about Writing Strategies-Inspired by Jennifer Serravallo

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Last week, I attended the Connecticut Reading Association’s convention, and I was lucky enough to hear and see some of my literacy heroes. Jennifer Serravallo presented about writing instruction, and her presentation made… Continue reading

What Constitutes an Assessment? Assessment Strengthens Writers

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Assessment serves several purposes, and when used intentionally, can drive instruction in meaningful ways for our learners.

NEW BLOG SERIES: Assessment Strengthens Writers

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  Over the next seven days, my friends and I here at Two Writing Teachers will share important concepts around assessment in writing workshops. We have all given a lot of thought to our best… Continue reading

Reminders About Small Group Instruction

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Whenever I pull a small group for a lesson, there are some important guidelines I try to remember and follow.

Authentic Audiences for Students

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Contests and publication opportunities for young writers have potential to motivate and inspire.

Tools to have on hand for Small Group Instruction

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In a recent post about small group instruction, I wrote about ways to group students who need instruction on a similar strategy. Sometimes, we form small groups ahead of time through careful planning. However,… Continue reading

Insights from an Author and a Giveaway

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Claudia Mills’ newest book Write This down was released on September 27th. In a recent essay, she shares some of her processes and revision decisions as she worked through drafts to published copy.