Category Archive: focus lesson

Highlights from the Week

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I have been in a lot of different writing workshops lately. Just this week I’ve been in 13 writing workshops and have met with 13 different teachers in either reflective practice meetings or… Continue reading

Minilessons Plant a Seed

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One of the things I’m working on as a writing teacher is keeping minilessons, well, mini. As I’ve focused on this goal, I’ve realized sometimes lessons go long because I’m working toward perfection.… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: First Day Minilesson — What is Writing Workshop?

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Here’s a little Slice of Life from the first student day. As a coach, the first day is one of the days I miss the most about being a classroom teacher. Thankfully,  Christi… Continue reading

Moving from Storyboards to Drafts.

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In Keith Bollman’s fifth grade class, students are beginning to consider moving into drafts.  They’ve envisioned their writing and are moving out of the rehearsal stage and into drafting.  Today I taught them how… Continue reading

reading research.

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Today’s lesson in the sixth grade class went along the lines of Ways to Be a Good Researcher.  I taught:   Complete your source sheet only when you know you’ll be taking notes… Continue reading

research mania.

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Let’s be honest.  How many of you out there about lose your mind during the research phase of expository writing?  Here in Indiana, it is expected that beginning in 3rd grade, students use… Continue reading

organizing.

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Today I had a few moments to spare, so I worked on organizing my focus lesson binders.  I pulled all my k-1 lessons and put them in a separate binder.  I organized it according… Continue reading

more on generating writing ideas.

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Like Stacey, I think it’s imperative that kids have lists in their notebooks about writing ideas.  I think one of the most powerful lessons we can give students in regards to finding writing ideas… Continue reading

titles.

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Found this fun blog post which gives great tips for writing titles.  Have fun checking it out:  The Sexy Art of Writing Headlines That Kill.  (I can envision focus lessons for many different… Continue reading