It’s never too early to instill writerly habits. A class idea book will inspire kids to collect seeds for writing everywhere they go (and much, much more!).
There’s a new primary voice on our co-author team!
Janiel Wagstaff’s books will help you teach primary writers about the four types of writing in an engaging way. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win her series of Stella books.
Comparing two writing samples may be as effective as scoring using a rubric
See how these first graders added dialogue to their narrative writing.
How can we encourage our youngest writers to use brave spelling? How can we help them overcome their fear of getting it wrong?
What are the books that have shaped you as a teacher of writing? Reflecting today, in thanks, for the authors and books that have influenced my life as a teacher.
So I stepped back and let the writers get to work. The chatter was about organizing notebooks, planning where they like to write and sharing writing over the summer.
A chart for first graders
Sometimes making a small change can produce big results.
Listen to these kindergarten students respond to the question, “What do you know about being a writer?”
This nighttime drawing journal is the perfect summer keepsake for our youngest writers.
We will be starting a unit on informational writing to wrap up the school year. I wanted to demonstrate a different way of finding a topic, a narrow topic. I … Continue Reading How Do First Graders Choose Narrow Topics?
First graders use a mentor text to get crafty during a unit on informational writing.
Can first graders write Slice of Life Stories?
Two of the sessions I attended at NCTE in Boston helped me think about ways two digital tools could be meaningfully integrated into early childhood and elementary school classrooms to engage young writers. The “Exploring Collaboration of Multimodal Literacies in Early Childhood: Digital Filmmaking, Designing, and Co-Authoring” panel discussed the way digital video cameras could enhance learning, while two of the presenters in “Writing Workshop Is for All Students: Using Visuals, Oral Language, and Digital Tools to Maximize Success and Independence for English Language Learners” suggested the incorporation of digital cameras.
Kindergarten teacher Valerie Geshwind helps her students find their passions and their voice by honoring their interests, engaging them in a play-like writing workshop, & by supporting them as individuals.
What would your students say if they were asked what writing workshop means to them? Find out what a group of first graders value about writing workshop in Betsy Hubbard’s guest blog post.
Sarah Picard Taylor provides you with five ideas to get K – 2 writers writing when they find themselves stuck.
About four years ago, I heard of a wonderful tool, Kidblog, that could be used as an ad-free environment when blogging with students and the key word that caused me to … Continue Reading Sharing Voices by Blogging: A Guest Blog Post by Amy Rudd