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Today is the final SOL Tuesday before the 12th Annual SOLSC begins!

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Today’s the final warm-up before our month-long writing challenge begins this Friday.

SOL Tuesday #sol19

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After you leave the link to your slice of life story today, please take a moment to fill out the Participant Information Form for the 12th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge (if you haven’t done so already). The link is in body of this post.

Participant Information Form #sol19

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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 #sol19

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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.

Be a Writing Coach.

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Would you like to help your striving writers so they can be more independent? Try a coaching conference to move them forward!

SOL Tuesday

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Before you leave the link to your slice of life story today, PLEASE read the announcement about the Participant Information Form at the top of today’s announcements.

Inclusive Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing with a Social Justice Lens

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We can have a positive impact on children’s reading lives when we attempt to make sure every child’s life is reflected in books AND that every child can understand the experiences of other people by reading books. By doing this, we not only positively impact our students, but we improve our society as a whole.

Highlights from We Got This

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I’ve attended 14 TCRWP summer institutes since I began my teaching career. I’ve learned countless things about becoming a better teacher of writers. Through the years, I’ve also learned which afternoon choice sessions… Continue reading

Reconsider & Reimagine Homework

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Have you always dreamed of eradicating homework for your students? This post will help you get started on making that dream a reality with three steps you can take this weekend.

A Winter Recess

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A winter recess is upon us here at Two Writing Teachers! While we’re looking forward to our blogging break, we have a lot in store for 2019!
Find out more in this post.

The Joys of Sharing Expository Nonfiction Mentor Texts with Students + a Giveaway

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Consider sharing these six books with your fact-loving students.
Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win all six books for your classroom library.

Happy Thanksgiving from #TWTBlog!

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We are grateful for the community of educators who read this blog since you are invested in constantly improving the teaching of writing for your students. 

NCTE 2018: Here We Come!

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Here’s a peek at the dates and times three members of our co-author team will be presenting at NCTE this weekend.

Six Ways to Keep the Energy of Writer’s Notebooks Alive All Year Long

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You spent the first couple months of the school year helping students understand their lives are significant, their stories are worth recording, and their notebooks are the place to make all of that happen. What’s next now that it’s November?

Writing on a Snow Day

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Matthew Cordell’s new picture book provides inspiration for kids to CHOOSE to write when they’re snowed-in during the winter. Read through my Q&A with Cordell to start thinking about how you could encourage your students to decide to write when they’re homebound this winter.
After you read the Q&A, leave a comment on this blog post for the chance to win a copy of King Alice.

How a Portable Word Wall Can Help Your Students with Spelling

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Do you differentiate your students’ spelling lists by giving them personal spelling words? If so, you can take those lists a step further by providing them with portable word walls for their writing folder and/or for at-home use.

A Quick Way to Deal with Bibliographies for Elementary School Writers

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Have your upper elementary school students spent lots of time creating a reference list? Free up the time spent on making a reference list perfect by using an online citation tool.

Conferring Carl on Writing Conferences

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Want to improve your conferring? Carl Anderson’s new book, A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Conferences, will help you learn the ins and outs of conferring well with young writers.
Read the Q&A with Carl, then leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a copy of your own!

Books to Begin the School Year

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Add six new picture books to your back-to-school read alouds and to your mentor text collection this fall.
After you read through this post, be sure to leave a comment about how you’d use these books in your classroom for a chance to win all six of them.

Playing Around with Instagram Stories

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I’ve been tinkering with Instagram Stories this summer. I’ve discovered several ways teacher-writers can use them as a tool for living and storytelling.