Category Archive: colleen cruz

Nightly Writing: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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Four ways to encourage students to write after the school day is finished WITHOUT assigning writing as homework.

In Thanks: Books That Built a Writing Teacher

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What are the books that have shaped you as a teacher of writing? Reflecting today, in thanks, for the authors and books that have influenced my life as a teacher.

Four Books for Your Summer Reading List

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These four titles are inspirational and useful resources for teachers. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win one of them.

Writing Behaviors & the Process

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With the action research project I’m about to embark on, I’m trying to get a better hold on the writing behaviors my students, who do not write regularly, possess. I reached for M.… Continue reading

Writing Space

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Over the mid-winter recess I asked my students to sketch out their at-home writing space. Further, if they didn’t have an at-home writing space, I asked them to create one. They came back… Continue reading

Ideas for Creating a 3-D Character from Today’s M.L. Active Engagement

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First, I have to say that today’s lesson I taught, which was adapted from Session 11 of Calkins & Cruz’s Book on Fiction Writing in Grades 3 – 5 is AWESOME. It’s all… Continue reading

Teaching Fiction in a Pin-Drop, Silent Room

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WN Entry – Fiction pg. 1 Originally uploaded by teachergal Today’s Writing Workshop Teaching Point came right out of Calkins and Cruz’s Short Fiction Book – Session 1. While I used the skeleton… Continue reading