Author Archive

Literary Essays: Setting the Stage

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As part my MFA program, I’ve had to write eight page papers on a paragraph or two of text. That’s a lot of words about not too many words. I’ve also watched my… Continue reading

Melanie’s OLW for 2018

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Two Writing Teachers! Have you chosen your One Little Word (OLW) for 2018 yet? Many of us in the Two Writing Teachers community and beyond have… Continue reading

Slice of Life

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Welcome to the last opportunity for slicing of 2017! Thanks to all of you who contibute to the vitality and spirit of this writing community!   WRITE a slice of life story on your… Continue reading

Slice of Life Tuesday

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  Even when life seems busy, hectic, and crazy, find and celebrate those minutes to read and write. Celebrate this community of writers!   WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog.… Continue reading

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 SOLS bloggers.

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 SOLS bloggers. It’s a busy time of year! A… Continue reading

Warming up with grammar games

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Before my daughter plays a soccer game or scrimmages, her team goes through several warm-up exercises. Watching the go through the motions, I’m impressed that they all seem to enjoy the warm-ups, and they also can explain the purpose of them.

It has helped me to think of these grammar games as the girls think of their soccer warm-ups. They’re quick, they’re fun, and they’re relevant to writing.

Ways to Involve Caregivers: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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I don’t remember sharing writing experiences at home when my daughters were in elementary school.

I wish we had.

ICYMI: Solving Predictable Problems

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In case you missed any pieces from our series about predictable problems, here’s a quick review of the week of posts with the links, as well.

Transferring skills from unit to unit: Solving Predictable Problems Blog Series

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When one of my daughters was switching from playing soccer to playing field hockey, we had several conversations about the similar skills each sport required. It didn’t take us long to figure out… Continue reading

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!