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.

content-area writing · demonstration · genre · non-narrative writing · units of study

Teacher as Writer.

One of the most powerful ways to become a better writing teacher is to write.  And one of the most essential things to write is what we expect our students to write.  Dina Coverstone is doing just that.  Her fifth graders are learning about research and speeches.  Their charge is to research a president and… Continue reading Teacher as Writer.

content-area writing · rubric

Mathematical Rubric Writing

Today my kids and I co-authored a rubric for the math project they're working on. While I wanted 4, 3, 2, and 1 for the scoring, three-quarters of them stated they wanted it to be on the check+, check, and check- system. Hence, we went with that. My kids told me they'd never written a… Continue reading Mathematical Rubric Writing