Truth: Any unit at any point in the year has the potential to lose energy, and adding some play has the power to rev a unit right back up.
A Great Coach This past summer, my daughter, Sophia, practiced diving. Coach Jodi was kind enough to open her backyard pool up to us for private swim lessons. Sophia would stand at the pool's ledge, toes curled around the ledge, and arms pointed together into the pool. Next, Coach Jodi would say, "Go!" The outcome… Continue reading Generating Ideas for Opinion Writing: Meet Writers Where They Are
When planning any genre study, we can ponder: How can the experience children have with this genre become more like the experience they can have with it in the world? In doing so, we can draw from our own experience with writing. We can study the craft of other writers. We can peruse bookshelves. We… Continue reading Opinion Writing: Expand the Possibilities of Genres You Teach
There is power in knowing and understanding standards because within them, we can extract teaching points, learning targets, and even success criteria. In this post, we'll thing about how we can use the standards so set up anchor charts, as well as learning progressions in order to establish clarity and navigable pathways for writers.
Here's a peek at some of my favorite tools for opinion writing and perhaps some ideas for developing tools for other genres, as well.
It's great to be prepared when we are conferring with our writers. However, being 'prepared' and being 'present' are not the same thing...
To help guide our teaching we needed to know what our kids can do and where they would need our support.
How can we help writers develop solid ideas before delving too far into the work of persuasive writing?
The word essay comes from the latin exigere, meaning "to ascertain," or "to weigh." It was used in the late 15th century as a verb, meaning "to test the quality of." Writing in essay form certainly leads to these things: weighing of evidence, testing the quality of reasons, ascertaining the strength of an argument. When we teach students… Continue reading Stronger Essay Writing: Differentiating Between Reasons and Evidence
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To be an effective democratic citizen, the ability to engage in debate is crucial. For anyone remotely interested in politics (don't worry, I won't stay on this topic long, I promise!), debate is a hot topic as of late. The primaries are in full swing, and the shows candidates put on in the party debates are… Continue reading Politics, Heated Debate, and Most Importantly: Angling Evidence to Support Persuasive Writing