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Independent Writing Time: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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Last week I met with a teacher about a writer who worries her. “Where’s his writing?” I asked. She pulled out a piece with a date on it, and the date was from… Continue reading

Welcome to Slice of Life

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Write a slice. Share it here. Comment on at least three other slices. Are you ever surprised by what you write when you sit down and start writing? Sometimes out thoughts, feelings, and… Continue reading

Writing Checklists: Tools for Independence and Goal-Setting

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I am a list person. I have lists by my computer, by my bed, in the kitchen, in my car console– And I love crossing things off my lists. One of the reasons… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Welcome to Slice of Life!

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Write. Share. Give. Please be sure to read at least 3 other posts and leave comments. Comments help us build our writing community! The eleventh annual Slice of Life Challenge starts up on… Continue reading

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