Category Archive: expository

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.

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.

Expository Leads + Giveaways!

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Challenging students to push past their safe zones of writing has been a challenge all year. We all reaped some great rewards as the year came to a close.

Infusing Information Writing Throughout the Day: Diving Into Information Writing

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A recovering hater of information writing, this post is my first step towards bringing information writing to life for my third graders! It is a vision and collection of possibliities for infusing information writing across the curriculum through the day.

Politics, Heated Debate, and Most Importantly: Angling Evidence to Support Persuasive Writing

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To be an effective democratic citizen, the ability to engage in debate is crucial. For anyone remotely interested in politics (don’t worry, I won’t stay on this topic long, I promise!), debate is… Continue reading

Developing Information Writing Muscles: Writing about Science

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Want to inspire kids to do more information writing? Teach them to write well about science.

New Blog Series: Tailoring our Teaching / Assessment-based Strategy Groups for Expository Writing

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When I first began teaching using a workshop model, I spent forever planning my minilessons. I wanted to make sure that my language was exactly right, and that I got to each part… Continue reading

The Final Unit of Study

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My students are embarking on their final unit of study of the school year. We’re doing research-based essays, which I’m attempting to tie-into the “This I Believe” Style. I have my teaching points… Continue reading

Boxes & Bullets: Framing Personal Essays

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News & Announcements Chart for Monday, 11/10/08 Originally uploaded by teachergal In order to keep my demonstrations fresh, I’ve come to believe that I have to craft a NEW piece of writing each… Continue reading

Quick Publish Assessment for Literary Essay

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In case you’re wondering what the on-demand assessment (aka: Quick Publish Assessment) I was blogging about earlier looks like, here’s what it looks like: LITERARY ESSAY QUICK PUBLISH ASSESSMENT TASK: Write a four… Continue reading

Thinking about on-demand lit. essay writing

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When my students return from vacation they’re going to be spending a week in their notebooks before we start our memoir unit of study. (We’re saving poetry for last since I didn’t feel… Continue reading

Reflections: Growth

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Someone once told me that an experienced teacher asks, “How are the kids doing?” rather than asking “How am I doing?” I’ve found that to be more and more true of myself as… Continue reading

Confessions of a Writing Teacher

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I didn’t teach the literary essay unit of study until last year. Why? I WAS SCARED TO DEATH TO TEACH IT! It seemed so complicated and so important… what if I messed up?… Continue reading

Literary Essay Rubric

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I was debating whether or not I should create a Literary Essay Rubric before I got to work this morning or once I was there. I opted for creating it at home and… Continue reading

Citing the Text

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My 4th grade students did a unit of study in Reading Workshop entitled “Writing About Reading” this past fall. Therefore, they’ve become pretty adept at citing the text. However, I think that citing… Continue reading

Draft Plans for Literary Essays

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My students are going to be drafting while I’m out of the room doing reading assessments this-coming Thursday. Hence, I’m a little bit panicked since I don’t like being out of the room… Continue reading

Conferring

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It’s true what Lucy always said about speaking loud enough so other students hear you while you confer… they do learn by listening in! I’ve known this for awhile, but was reminded of… Continue reading

Thinking About Thesis Statements

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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the thesis statements my students are going to start crafting for their literary essays lately. Therefore, in addition to the graphic organizer I produced for… Continue reading

Thesis Statement Creation

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Kate mentioned that some of our students might need assistance with developing their thesis statements. Therefore, I created a graphic organizer for students to use to help them develop a meaty thesis statement.… Continue reading

Immersion Begins Tomorrow

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I’ll begin immersing my students in the literary essay genre tomorrow. I’m fortunate to have had some wonderful students last year who graciously allowed me to share their essays with future students to-come.… Continue reading