Category Archive: immersion

Immersion in Writing Workshop is Always Worth the Time

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The time investment you will spend in immersion may seem like a lot – especially if you’re providing students with four days to understand a genre. However, students will gain a greater understanding of the kind of writing you are asking them to produce if they have a clear vision for what the end product should look like.

Teaching the Four Types of Writing Through Texts

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Janiel Wagstaff’s books will help you teach primary writers about the four types of writing in an engaging way. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win her series of Stella books.

Dunk ‘Em!

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When I first began coaching, Barb Bean and I worked together. Throughout the year, we were intentional about immersing students in the kind of writing they were making. Often this meant genre, but… Continue reading

Thinking About Punctuation in Texts

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My students shared their findings about punctuation marks, from earlier in the week, with each other yesterday. The charts, below, were eye-opening for me since not all of the descriptions about why the… Continue reading

Noticings About Memoir

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It’s going to be a busy week!

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Week of December 1st, 2008 Originally uploaded by teachergal I just finished planning out the upcoming week and wow… there’s a lot going on! However, when I realized my kids were publishing and… Continue reading

Launching Personal Essay

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It’s nearly November, which means it’s time for me to start teaching my students how to craft personal essays. I use Calkins and Gilette’s book for my teaching points, but deviate from their… Continue reading

In Their Words

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Today’s Workshop, in my classroom, was spent immersing my students in the memoir genre (or is it genre of memoir… both sound funny to me!). The kids realized that most memoirs are a… Continue reading

Immersing them in the memoir genre

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Deb asked me which texts I’ll be using on day one of the memoir unit. Well, the answer is that I will be reading When the Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant or rereading… 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

Being inspired by a great picture book…

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Today was spent immersing my students in the short fiction genre by reading picture books. Here are the texts my students read and enjoyed either by themselves or with a partner: Beatrice’s Goat… Continue reading

Ideas Galore!!!

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Ideas Galore Originally uploaded by teachergal I disseminated a packet of four touchstone texts, written by my former students, that will serve as mentors for my students to use in the persuasive letter… Continue reading

A writing challenge I volunteered for… and it’s going to be challenging!

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Every week my synagogue attaches a D’var Torah, which is an interpretation of the week’s Torah portion, to the weekly newsletter. I decided to volunteer to write a D’var Torah on the occasion… Continue reading