Category Archive: graphic organizer

Rethinking Graphic Organizers for Writing

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Are there other, more authentic ways we could scaffold our writers?

Getting Unstuck

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“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London

How Do First Graders Choose Narrow Topics?

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We will be starting a unit on informational writing to wrap up the school year. I wanted to demonstrate a different way of finding a topic, a narrow topic. I find that young… Continue reading

Five on Friday

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Five things I’m reading, enjoying, and thinking about this Friday.

Concrete Tools – Pilates & Writing Series: Part 3 of 5

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On pages 62 – 63 of Day by Day, I talked about the role of Pilates and its connection to writing workshop in a detailed discussion called “Concrete Images for Support.”  Here I… Continue reading

Planning Idea

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I’m super fortunate to be working with a couple of third grade teachers (Hi Sandy & Dan!) who are interested in helping their writers to naturally develop more sophisticated writing processes. Their students… 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

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

Messy Mountain

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I filled in the last three boxes of my story mountain during today’s W.W. I just added my character’s feelings/thinking in blue to the mountain when I got home. Then I started thinking… Continue reading

Working My Way Backwards

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I started a story mountain for my W.W. minilesson demo today. I started with the climax of the story: Then, I started working my way backwards: I’m hoping this will illustrate for my… Continue reading