Category Archive: independent writing projects

Nightly Writing: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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Four ways to encourage students to write after the school day is finished WITHOUT assigning writing as homework.

The Freedom To Create

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More and more, I’ve been recognizing the need to give students some freedom in their writing lives. Can independent writing time be the answer?

Heartfelt Gifts: Writing Presents

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My favorite gifts to give are the ones that have come from my heart and my pen!

Work Smarter: How To Wrap Up A Unit of Study

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This week my colleagues and I are writing posts that we hope will make your life a little easier. We’re sharing some ways to work smarter, not harder.

Summer Writing for You, the Teacher

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You’ve got to practice writing to teach writing!

Independent Writing: 10 Ways to Get Students Published in the Real World

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Some students want to write more than what is required of them in writing workshop. Enter independent writing projects! But how do you go from being another set of eyes on some additional writing a student does to helping him/her go public with their work?

Independent Writing: Back-Up Work

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Encouraging students to have back-up work honors who they are as writers.

Summer Writing Projects in the Upper Grades

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Channeling students to write over the summer can generate loads of independence and engagement. Read on for tips on how to get started.

Independent Writing Blog Series Starts Now!

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Today launches our Independent Writing Blog Series! Join us all week long as we write about writing projects, summer writing, getting published in the real world, multi-genre projects, pulling back to let kids write on their own, and much, much more! Also join us for a Twitter chat on Monday, May 12 at 8:30pm EST with the hashtag #TWTBlog.

Inspiring Independent Writing Project Mentor Text (Part 5 of 5)

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My students were always shocked to learn that my favorite subject to teach wasn’t writing… it was social studies!  I was a history minor in college and almost considered getting my first master’s… Continue reading

Inspiring Independent Writing Project Mentor Text (Part 4 of 5)

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An interview with Author Germano Zullo + a giveaway of his new book, Line 135.

Inspiring Independent Writing Project Mentor Text (Part 3 of 5)

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If you’re planning to launch independent writing projects in your class during the final weeks of school, then you’ll most likely have several students who might want to write a book about a… Continue reading

Inspiring Independent Writing Project Mentor Text (Part 2 of 5)

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The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten can be used to help kids find a topic and to teach students a variety of craft moves. Read more about this book and then leave a comment if you’d like a chance to win a copy.

Inspiring Independent Writing Project Mentor Text (Part 1 of 5)

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Amy Krouse Rosenthal provides insight into her new word play book. Chronicle Books offers a giveaway of the book to one reader who comments on this post.

Blogs & Microblogs in the Classroom

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“The act of telling your story and sharing part of your life with somebody is alive and well—even more so than at the dawn of blogging.” –Lee Rainie, director of the Internet and… Continue reading

Inspiration for an Independent Writing Project

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With the school year wrapping up, I’m assuming that many of you are starting your final units of study.  I’m sure many of you are doing an independent writing project unit so as… Continue reading

Back to School Week: Bursting With Excitement About Writing

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Last week Literacy Spark posed this question: I’m always interested in how I can reach the kids at the two ends of the writing spectrum. i.e. addressing kids who struggle with writing, or… Continue reading

April 2009 Poetry Challenge Gifts

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April 2009 Poetry Challenge Gifts Originally uploaded by teachergal One-third of my students attempted the April 2009 Poetry Challenge, which I gave them as an optional, independent activity during the month of April… Continue reading

Kids As Authors

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We had recess yesterday, which I supervise on Mondays only. There were kids clustered around the classroom playing games, doing art projects, and working on Mad Libs. One of my students, E, came… Continue reading

Answering Questions About Writing Workshop

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I received a bunch of questions from a regular reader of TWT yesterday. Her questions seemed like ones that other folks might want the answers to, so I asked her if I could… Continue reading