Are students constrained when they write five-paragraph essays? If we change our working definition of essay writing, then we can teach beyond the five-paragraph essays we often see in schools.
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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.
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.
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.
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 a hot topic as of late. The primaries are in full swing, and the shows candidates put on in the party debates are… Continue reading Politics, Heated Debate, and Most Importantly: Angling Evidence to Support Persuasive Writing
Want to inspire kids to do more information writing? Teach them to write well about science.
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 of the minilesson (I often forgot the active engagement). I felt that the quality of my minilessons was the measure of my… Continue reading New Blog Series: Tailoring our Teaching / Assessment-based Strategy Groups for Expository Writing
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 and some of my charts (well, the ones for this week at least!) ready-to-go, but I'm still trying to write my own… Continue reading The Final Unit of Study
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 and every year for units I've taught in the past. If I don't, then I find my teaching becomes stale. Plus, I… Continue reading Boxes & Bullets: Framing Personal Essays
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 paragraph literary essay about _______ by _______. TIME: 50 minutes MINI-RUBRIC: The essay advanced a thesis or a claim. (1 .5 0… Continue reading Quick Publish Assessment for Literary Essay
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 we HAD to do Poetry now just b/c it's National Poetry Month. I've always done it in April, but wanted to change-it-up… Continue reading Thinking about on-demand lit. essay writing