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A Pathway in For Opinion Writing

Accessibility to resources and information becomes critically important as students move into the realm of supporting their opinions --or even developing their opinions--, and as with other forms of writing, the more options and pathways provided, the more likelihood of success. This is why I appreciate the resources from KQED.

informational writing · rehearsal · research-based writing

Use Oral Rehearsal to Aid Note-Taking

Anyone who has ever taught research-based writing to upper elementary school students knows, this is hard, but important, work since children need to know -- from an early age -- that they need to take notes in their own words. Oral rehearsal can help!

informational writing · research · research-based writing

A Quick Way to Deal with Bibliographies for Elementary School Writers

Have your upper elementary school students spent lots of time creating a reference list? Free up the time spent on making a reference list perfect by using an online citation tool.

research · research-based writing · Sketchnoting · writing workshop

Synthesizing: The Step Between Research and Writing

Synthesizing is that step we can't skip when teaching our writers to craft research writing. It is within the wait time between the research and the writing that students gain their best understandings. Here are five strategies to help your writers fill that wait time with meaningful ways to get their gears in motion in a mixing of new thinking.