My students are embarking on their final unit of study of the school year. We’re doing research-based essays, which I’m attempting to tie-into the “This I Believe” Style. I have … Continue Reading The Final Unit of Study
News & Announcements Chart for Monday, 11/10/08 Originally uploaded by teachergal In order to keep my demonstrations fresh, I’ve come to believe that I have to craft a NEW piece … Continue Reading Boxes & Bullets: Framing Personal Essays
Yesterday I was asked to expand “patches of thought” Essentially, patches of thought are little pieces of paper (could be index cards) on which students write mini-stories, lists, or other … Continue Reading Just What Are PATCHES OF THOUGHT?
Great news! The student who I blogged about yesterday went home and did the first of the graphic organizers last night. WOO-HOO! She really did a nice job working within … Continue Reading She showed it to me!
One of my students seemed to be stuck as she sat in her writing focus spot today. She was supposed to be collecting entries and growing some thinking, but her … Continue Reading Helping a Student Generate Non-Narrative WN Entries
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 … Continue Reading Immersion Begins Tomorrow
One of the most powerful ways to become a better writing teacher is to write. And one of the most essential things to write is what we expect our students … Continue Reading Teacher as Writer.
Tomorrow afternoon in Science Class I’m going to start teaching my kids how to transfer their note cards into details they can use in paragraphs for their Solar System Planet … Continue Reading Drafting a Solar System Book
Th entire fourth grade is going to be doing a report writing within science class (separate from our Writing Workshop). (It’s not actually a report since the final form will … Continue Reading Getting Organized for a “Report” Writing
Today’s lesson in the sixth grade class went along the lines of Ways to Be a Good Researcher. I taught: Complete your source sheet only when you know you’ll … Continue Reading reading research.
Let’s be honest. How many of you out there about lose your mind during the research phase of expository writing? Here in Indiana, it is expected that beginning in 3rd … Continue Reading research mania.
Narrative Feedback to a Student Originally uploaded by teachergal When we returned from Winter Recess I had my students complete self-evaluations of their Writer’s Notebooks. (They do this in the … Continue Reading Narrative Feedback to a Student
Ruth’s post from Thursday got me thinking about how to improve the practice that surrounds the teaching of non-fiction writing. Just how can it get better? What if teachers from … Continue Reading What if…?