Category Archive: elaboration

Think More, Say More, Write More: Elaborating with Personal Essay

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How do you help writers bridge the gap from paragraph writing to essay writing? What are your favorite strategies for elaboration?

Changing Tack: Learning from a Writing Conference

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It’s great to be prepared when we are conferring with our writers. However, being ‘prepared’ and being ‘present’ are not the same thing…

Writing Lessons Inspired by Guy Fieri

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We can teach students about improving their writing process and to write with detail and voice by watching Guy Fieri on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

A Peek Inside Modeled Writing

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Are you always telling your students to add detail? To write more? Here is a sample minilesson to show them how.

How to Write

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This past week I’ve had several conversations with young writers about how to write something. Not the logistics of making letters or spelling words, but how to craft their writing in order to… Continue reading

Voice Matters

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Jacques Steinberg, an education correspondent for The New York Times, appeared on “The Today Show” yesterday morning.  He talked with Natalie Morales about college essays that worked and didn’t work at some of… Continue reading

Amaze Me!

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You know the student who always rushes through assignments? You know, that kid… the one who sacrifices quality to finish his/her work? Well, I thought one of my students was rushing through their… Continue reading

“An overuse of craft is cr*p!”

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Author Lester Laminack taught a course I took at Teachers College during the 2006 Summer Institute on the Teaching of Writing. He said, “There’s only a letter or two that separates the word… Continue reading