Author Archive

What to Expect from the #TWTBlog Team During COVID-19 Extended School Closures

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I’m not sure what next week or next month will look like, but I can tell you what to expect from our team of co-authors, contributing writers, and guest bloggers as we seek to navigate this unprecedented time.

A Review of Kaia and the Bees

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Kaia and the Bees is a picture book you can use as a mentor text in narrative writing units. The book contains many craft moves, which makes it perfect for using in minilessons, writing conferences, and strategy lessons. Learn more about the book and take a peek inside of it.

DAY 6 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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Write. Share. Give.

DAY 5 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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It’s day five of our month-long writing challenge. Time for you to write, share. and give!

DAY 4 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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Write. Share. Give.
Today’s the first day we’re doing a mid-month prize. Check out the details in the body of the post.

DAY 3 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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Write. Share. Give.
And, while you’re add it, pick up some Slicer Swag! All proceeds from our Cafepress store are donated to the Pajama Program.

DAY 2 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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It’s the second day of our 31-day writing challenge. Join us by writing your slice of life story, sharing the link to it in the comments section, and giving comments to at least three other Slicers.

DAY 1 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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March has arrived, which means it’s time for our month-long writing challenge.
Please take a few minutes to listen to the YouTube announcement and flip through the embedded PPT for some essential information about the Challenge.

The Final SOL Tuesday Before Our Month-Long Writing Challenge Begins #SOL20

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March is almost here!
Please check out the announcements before you share the link to your slice of life story today.

SOL Tuesday & Expanding Our Writing Community #SOL20

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Have you intentionally and effectively expanded this writing community? If you are planning to invite a friend, family member, or colleague to join you for the Slice of Life Story Challenge this March, then you’ll want to read this post closely before you leave the link to your slice of life story.

Participant Information Form #SOL20

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Attention first-year and returning Slicers: Please fill out this year’s participant information form. Filling out the form takes less than five minutes and helps us stay organized during the Challenge.

SOL Tuesday + Slicer Swag #SOL20

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Before you leave the link to your slice of life story today, please take a moment to read the announcements and enjoy a quote about writing.

Moving Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay: Expand the Possibilities of the Genres You Teach

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Are students constrained when they write five-paragraph essays? If we change our working definition of essay writing, then we can teach beyond the five-paragraph essays we often see in schools.

SOL Tuesday #SOL20

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We’re less than one month away from our month-long writing challenge! Get warmed up for our “March Marathon” by writing every Tuesday this month!

Gathering Inspiration from Mentors

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Here’s an idea for using art to inspire students who are reluctant to use mentor texts. After all, creating something beautiful — inspired by someone else’s work — is something artists, and writers, often do.

Finding Accessible Fonts for Classroom Use

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Fonts that look whimsical and childlike may place a stumbling block in front of students with language-based learning disabilities, such as Dyslexia. Get tips from four industry professionals who will help you find an accessible font without sacrificing personality.

Re-imagining Classroom Work Spaces: Reaching Your Writers

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We cannot always afford to provide students everything we want to give them, but it’s important to find ways to give all kids what they need. It is possible to create a space with flexible seating options on a limited budget.

Positive Feedback That Moves Writers

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Specific feedback helps students replicate what you want them to do in their writing.

A Mentor Text to Inspire the Next Generation of Writers and Activists + a Book Giveaway

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I’ve found a hybrid mentor text that will inspire young writers and budding activists.
Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of Scot Ritchie’s new book, Join the No-Plastic Challenge.

The Good-Enough Writing Workshop

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When we’re new at doing something, we try to achieve perfection too soon. Greatness isn’t something that can be achieved when we begin teaching writing using a workshop approach. It helps to extend ourselves some grace and accept being “good enough” when we start.