Category Archive: independent writing projects

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

Today’s Lesson Was Inspired By One of My Former Students

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Fall 2006. One of my talented former students, who was part of the Extended Day Program, decided to undertake an independent writing project similar to Lisa Meyer’s Book Quotes for Kids: Today’s Interpretations… Continue reading

Closing the Summer Writing Gap????

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Linda B. Gambrell, President of the International Reading Association, has a great column in the April/May 2008 Issue entitled “Closing the summer reading gap: You can make a difference!” It’s a great column… Continue reading

POETRY CHALLENGE

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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 more poetry of… Continue reading

My Own Independent “Writing” Project

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It’s been a plan of mine, for years, to create my own Passover Haggadah. I think I FINALLY finished it (all sixty pages of it) tonight, with ample time to have it printed… Continue reading

Family Tree Book

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Tomorrow’s Interactive Read Aloud includes Alan Say’s Book Grandfather’s Journey. Since our IRA Theme for the past two months has been immigration, I thought it would be nice to end out the unit… Continue reading

Our thinking is evolving

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I noticed that Ruth posted her raw thinking earlier today. Let’s just say that there’s a lot of meta-cognition happening for both of us now that the NCTE Conference is over. I think… Continue reading

Seven signed up (so far)

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Seven of the ten girls I invited to take part in the new book accepted the invitation. Of that amount, four of their moms said that they could e-collaborate using a wikispace, which… Continue reading

Putting it out there

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I just sent ten of my former students, who’ve expressed an interest in doing independent writing projects going-forward, an iomoi invitation to consider joining me to work on a manuscript for a sequel… Continue reading

Empowering the Voices of Ten Girls from East Harlem

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I’ve had a few inquiries (personally and online) about how I went about publishing DEAL WITH IT! Powerful Words from Smart, Young Women with my former students. Well, I wrote a proposal on… Continue reading

Stand up for something… don’t just deal with it!

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My father and I were talking on the phone the other night… He suggested that I spearhead an effort, with my former students, that would lead to a sequel to DEAL WITH IT!… Continue reading

I’ve started collecting…

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Pages 3 and 4 of my collecting entry on Miketz Originally uploaded by teachergal …and this is some of what I have. I’m trying to take on this task methodically, by going through… Continue reading

Rethinking Independent Writing Projects Plan Sheets

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M. Colleen Cruz wrote a stellar professional book, Independent Writing Projects: One Teacher, 32 Needs, Topics, and Plans. Her book inspired me to get my students going in Extended Day last year. I… Continue reading

Independent Writing Projects

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I’m debating as to whether or not I should assign independent writing projects to my students before the end of the school year (which ends on 6/27). Part of me sees the importance… Continue reading