Although I’m not typically a fan of stand-alone activities, this exercise, presented at last year’s NCTE Conference, incorporated many positive elements aimed at supporting writers working doing argumentative work…
Do students realize all the different ways they can write about the same topic? In this post, I share how I wrote about “roller coasters” in different genres to model for my students the many possibilities!
Kids are inundated by rules. If the gift of writing is freedom of expression, are we imposing too many “rules” on writers? What if the rules of every genre, like poetry, were limited to just two or three?
What option can you give your students when they just get stuck?
The last quarter of the school year brings gifts all its own – it’s a time to celebrate all the investment that has been made during the first … Continue Reading Independent Writng: Multi-genre writing projects to celebrate a year of writing workshop
In my sixth grade class, we cycle through a set of genres every Writing Workshop year: personal narrative, memoir, feature article, poetry, profiles, and persuasive letters and research based essays. … Continue Reading Creating mini-units of study in writing workshop: writing to bear witness.
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 … Continue Reading Highlights from the Week
Going into the last leg of the school year, I’d like to take a minute to encourage you to empower students to chose the genre they are going to write. … Continue Reading Genre Choice
I’m plowing through the questions Katie asked, last week, methodically. Here are the two I’m going to answer today: Which genres do you teach during the year? Approximately how long … Continue Reading Genres in My Upper Grade Classrooms
I like challenging myself and my students with their writing. So… in honor of National Poetry Month, I thought about creating a week-long poetry challenge since I’d like to create … Continue Reading POETRY CHALLENGE
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 … Continue Reading Teacher as Writer.
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 … Continue Reading reading research.
Dave Eldridge & I have been working on a personal essay unit in his sixth grade class. As the week went on, I’ve gotten more & more excited about this … Continue Reading interviews + personal essays.
After I attended the November 17th NCTE Workshop entitled “Where Has All The Real Choice Gone?” my mind started turning. Ruth and I went out for cupcakes and coffee at … Continue Reading Choice & Genre Studies
How many kids do you know that have resumes? Well, I now know five since I just helped to create resumes for five of my former students on Career Kids, … Continue Reading Resume Writing