Category Archive: primary grades

Teaching the Four Types of Writing Through Texts

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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.

Looking at Student Writing

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Comparing two writing samples may be as effective as scoring using a rubric

Dialogue in First Grade

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See how these first graders added dialogue to their narrative writing.

Brave Spelling

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How can we encourage our youngest writers to use brave spelling? How can we help them overcome their fear of getting it wrong?

In Thanks: Books That Built a Writing Teacher

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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.

Setting the Stage for Summer: Write from the Start!

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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.

Making a Chart: When I’m Done with My Writing

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A chart for first graders

All About the Paper.

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Sometimes making a small change can produce big results.

What Do You Know About Being a Writer?

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Listen to these kindergarten students respond to the question, “What do you know about being a writer?”

Quick and Easy Summer Writing Idea for our Youngest Students

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This nighttime drawing journal is the perfect summer keepsake for our youngest writers.

How Do First Graders Choose Narrow Topics?

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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 find that young… Continue reading

First Graders Get Crafty

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First graders use a mentor text to get crafty during a unit on informational writing.

On Being a Writer

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Can first graders write Slice of Life Stories?

Digital Tools Invite Writers to Compose – #NCTE13

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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.

Letting Go As Student Interests Take the Wheel

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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 They Say?

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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.

I don’t know what to write. Really? Really.

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Sarah Picard Taylor provides you with five ideas to get K – 2 writers writing when they find themselves stuck.

Sharing Voices by Blogging: A Guest Blog Post by Amy Rudd

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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 perk up when… Continue reading

Primary Teachers: I need your advice, please!

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How much time do you think K-2 students need to complete an on-demand narrative writing assessment?

An Inspiring Mentor Text, an Interview, and a Giveaway

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I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E  Ralph Tells A Story (Amazon Children’s Publishing, 2012), which is a story about a boy, Ralph, who has trepidation about writing. (It’s already become a book I suggest to… Continue reading