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SOL Tuesday

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Our weekly call for slice of life stories + some information about our upcoming March writing challenge.

First-Time Slicer FAQs

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Have questions about the upcoming SOLSC? Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions. If your question wasn’t answered in the post, then please leave a comment on this blog post OR contact us via e-mail.

Participant Information Form #sol17

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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 with timely prize distribution in April.

Time for SOL Tuesday

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Gear-up for our month-long writing challenge by participating in the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge today. All you have to do is write your story, share the link to it on this blog post, and then give at least three other writers some comment love.

The Importance of Science: My 2017 #NF10for10 Selections

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These ten picture books will not only teach students about important topics in science, but they’ll also help kids become better writers.

Introducing Our New Co-Author

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There’s a new middle school and coaching voice on our team!

SOL Tuesday

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Please write your Slice of Life Story, share your link, and give at least three comments to other Slicers.

Friendly Letter Writing: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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Thoughts about making time for letter writing in the classroom.

Overview: Authentic Purposes for Writing Blog Series

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Every three months, the TWT co-author team comes together to share our thinking about one aspect of writing. It seems appropriate that we’re sharing our thoughts about authentic purposes for writing this week. Writing is a source of power. Our students will benefit from having strong voices, clear messages, and wide audiences in our quickly changing world.

Join Our Writing Community for the 10th Annual SOLSC

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Calling all educators! Whether you’re thinking about joining our writing community or coming back for your tenth March writing challenge, please take a few minutes to read this post.

Hubbard Family Fire

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A fire tore through the home of one of our co-authors last night. It is my hope you will be able to help her and her family out as they cope with this tragic event.

Time Away

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Today is Labor Day so it feels like an appropriate time to temporarily sign-off since I’m expecting my second child later this month.

Stamina in Our Youngest Writers

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Believe it or not, even four-year-old writers can work on their writing for 45 minute stretches of time! Here’s a peek into a preschool classroom to show you how stamina can increase throughout the school year.

Picture Books in Secondary Classrooms

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Picture books are short, visual, and engaging, which makes them perfect for using as mentor texts with elementary AND secondary students.

Remembrance Ideas for the September 11th Anniversary

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Educators from around the country share the ways in which they teach about September 11th to their students. This post includes programming and writing ideas, as well as links to videos and picture books you can read aloud.

Because Kids Need to See Themselves in Books: My #PB10for10

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Today is Picture Book 10 for 10, which is a community of educators who share “must-have” picture books for classrooms. My list includes stories that will inspire children to write about their own experiences in new ways.

The Right to Write: Starting with What Matters Most

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Like any other skill, children need long stretches of time to practice writing if they’re going to develop strong writing muscles. Seeing as muscles need to be used often to get bigger, it’s important teachers are providing kids with (four or) five times a week to engage in a writing workshop where they have at least 30 minutes of independent writing time.

Why Confer?

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Six educators make the case for conferring with students regularly.

Writing with Emotion: A Review of Ida, Always

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Ida, Always is a gentle and honest picture book for helping young children deal with and talk about loss. It’s also an excellent mentor text you can use in writing workshop.

Classroom Takeaways from #NJSCBWI16

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Sharing some highlights from the New Jersey Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference, which took place this past weekend.