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A Mini-Crash-Course on Oral Storytelling

It's been several months since I've written for Two Writing Teachers. In December my son was born, and I was on maternity leave until a few weeks ago. Then, in March I pushed aside all excuses and did the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Every day in the month of March I recruited my four year old daughter to tell… Continue reading A Mini-Crash-Course on Oral Storytelling

independent writing · prompts · tcrwp

Inspiring Independent Writing in a Jam-Packed Curriculum

Kristen Robbins Warren honors her middle school students' independent writing lives by incorporating three literary rhythms (Monday Morning's Muse, Wednesday's Writing Window, and Friday Favorites) into the school week.

prompts · standardized tests · writing workshop

Writing Territories + Test Prompt Writing

One of the causes of anxiety regarding the writing prompt, is the unknown. We don't know what genre students will be asked to write. We don't know the topic. Test situations are stressful enough, but when we add in these unknowns, the stress levels skyrocket. Here's the deal, though. Students can have an idea of… Continue reading Writing Territories + Test Prompt Writing

assessment · authentic assessment · prompts

prompt scoring.

First day back . . . and I had the pleasure of working with all of the 4th & 5th grade teachers in our corporation to SCORE WRITING PROMPTS! (Does the emphasis of the capital letters make it sound all glamorous & fun?)  Here's a few things on my mind after a day of scoring… Continue reading prompt scoring.

expository · narrative · prompts · time for kids

Writer’s Prompts

I received a supplement with my students' Time for Kids Magazines today. It was called "Writer's Prompts: 36 Great Writing Ideas! Great writing starts with a great idea." I've chosen to upload and share the best three of the thirty-six prompts that I found in this supplement. That being said, I'm wondering how many teachers… Continue reading Writer’s Prompts