Category Archive: letter writing

Thoughtful Third Grader: Building Relationships Through Writing

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Making some time and space in the day to celebrate a student each week has enriched my class as readers, writers, and human beings. How do you use writing to lift up the students in your class? 

Write Them Back!

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Do you receive letters from your students at the start of the year? Do you write them back? In what ways do you get to know new students? How do you keep track of the information and use it as a guide for helping your writers grow?

End-of-Year Letters: Looking Back and Moving Forward

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Sometimes it’s the feedback our students — rather than our administrators — give us that help us become better teachers.

Friendly Letter Writing: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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Thoughts about making time for letter writing in the classroom.

Two New Mentor Texts I Adore + Book Giveaways

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I’ve always been a diary and letter person.  I have loads of journals from my childhood and post-college years.  To this day, I relish letters I saved from my childhood since they’re a… Continue reading

In Your Own Words

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First drafts usually contain the words anybody can write. Revision is the key to crafting writing that sounds just like you.

E-mail: A Mini Unit of Study

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After reading “Technology and the College Generation,” I’ve come to believe teachers of writing need to craft mini units of study to help kids learn to use e-mail confidently.

The Day the Crayons Quit + a Giveaway

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You can use The Day the Crayons Quit as a mentor text to teach everything from personification to persuasive letter writing. Find out how to use this text with your students. Also, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of this book for your classroom library.

A Persuasive Touchstone Text

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Karen Kaufman Orloff wrote I Wanna Iguana, which quickly became one of my favorite texts to use with my students to teach voice in persuasive letter writing.  She’s out with a new book,… Continue reading

“The Lost Art” of Letter Writing

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I was recently talking with a friend whose daughter was spending the summer at sleep away camp.  I was curious about how she was going to communicate with her since e-mail and texting… Continue reading

Writing Letters of Gratitude

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Ruth wrote about gratitude yesterday.  Besides getting me thinking of all of the things I’m thankful for, it got me thinking about all of the people who we don’t thank enough in our… Continue reading

Letter to the Author: Part of the “Share a Story, Shape a Future” Blog Literacy Tour

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Check out the “Share a Story, Shape a Future” Blog Literacy Tour.  This post relates to today’s theme, “Literacy My Way/Literacy Your Way,” of the Tour, which is hosted by Susan Stephenson at… Continue reading

Letters of Gratitude

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I am consistently moved by meaningful letters.  When I write thank you notes, I am sure to take time with them so the recipient can feel my genuine gratitude.  However, when I write… Continue reading

End of Year Letters BACK TO My Students

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My Hope and Dream Letter Originally uploaded by teachergal I can hardly believe there’s only five school days left even though I’ve been going through my students’ end of the year reflection letters,… Continue reading

Mentoring: Peace, Locomotion

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My colleague and next-door-classroom-neighbor Leanna and I were eating and grading writer’s notebooks together at lunchtime today.  I got to the second notebook in my stack and said, “She’s gotta be kidding me!”… Continue reading

Updated End-of-Year Letter Guidelines

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Here’s what I’m giving my students to work on over the course of three days this week: Guide to End of the Year Letters to Ms. S. NOTE: Your paragraphs do not need… Continue reading

End of Year Classroom Rituals

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I’ve noticed that a post I wrote last June, about letters I have my students write to me at the end of each school year, has been getting a lot of clicks lately.… Continue reading

Thank You for the Thank You Note

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I’ve hesitated writing this post for a few days.  For one thing, I didn’t want this post to seem like I was tooting my own horn.  Second, I didn’t want my classroom to… Continue reading

A Must-Read About Letter Writing!

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Head over to the Choice Literacy Website to read an article Mary Lee Hahn wrote entitled “The Joy of Letter Writing: An Integrated Unit for Intermediate Students.”  It’ll surely inspire you to get… Continue reading

Are you ready for Tuesday?

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An historic Inauguration Day is rapidly approaching.  Are you reading a book about the transfer of power or about our President-Elect? Will you be watching the Inauguration live with your class and having… Continue reading