common core · mentor texts · poetry

Talking Poetry with Lynne and Rose + a Giveaway

Poetry Mentor Texts: Making Reading and Writing Connections, K-8 is the latest gem from Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli.  Not only does their book help you hone your poetry workshop instruction using mentor texts, but it also provides suggestions with ways to infuse poetry throughout the school day.  Just like their previous books, Poetry Mentor… Continue reading Talking Poetry with Lynne and Rose + a Giveaway

common core · content-area writing · informational writing · mentor texts · poetry

The Intersection of Poetry and Informational Writing + a Giveaway

When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders can be used as a mentor text to help students craft poems, instead of biographies or informational reports, about people they read about and research.

charts · common core · informational writing · Kristi Mraz · Marjorie Martinelli

Information Charts: A Guest Blog Post by Kristi Mraz and Marjorie Martinelli

We are so delighted to be guest blogging here at Two Writing Teachers. We know many teachers who use this invaluable resource and are honored to lend our thoughts on writing. It’s that time of year again. We are dusting off the decorations, making shopping lists, and planning for upcoming non-fiction writing units. This is… Continue reading Information Charts: A Guest Blog Post by Kristi Mraz and Marjorie Martinelli

authors · common core · community · reflective practice · standards

Vintage Ayres {2007}: The Heart of It All

I'm smiling at the phrase Vintage Ayres. It's a little bit of a smirk because, really, am I old enough to qualify as vintage? Maybe not. But definitely so in blog years. I began blogging in March 2006. My first blog was called Inspiring Readers and Writers and it has since been moved to private… Continue reading Vintage Ayres {2007}: The Heart of It All

christopher lehman · common core · lucy calkins · standards · writing

Pathways to the Common Core + a Giveaway

I’ve been working hard to prepare lectures for my graduate students that address the  Common Core State Standards, or CCSS, with regard to the teaching of writing.  While I have read through the writing standards many times, I wanted to delve deeper into the CCSS so I could help my students understand the implications of… Continue reading Pathways to the Common Core + a Giveaway

common core · narrative · non-narrative writing · persuasive writing · video

Approaching Common Core + PARCC

Yesterday I heard James Kofi Annan tell his story of child slave to business man to freedom fighter for the children in Ghana. Check out this CNN video for a taste of what I had the privilege of hearing first hand. His story moved me and compelled me to think about how I can use my corner… Continue reading Approaching Common Core + PARCC

common core · minilesson · standardized tests

Common Core + Students’ Needs

Much of my time this school year has been devoted to studying Common Core Standards, as well as keeping up with the ever-changing discussion about the PARCC assessment. I've been thinking about the influence these things have on our writing curriculum and the implications for writing workshop. One thing is for certain, Common Core Standards… Continue reading Common Core + Students’ Needs