When writers feel empowered to write for their own personal catharsis, it matters. When writers know they will have the opportunity to strengthen their writing alongside peers, it matters. When writers have greater degrees of choice around topic and genre, it matters. And when, at times, there’s a wider audience for writing, beyond classroom walls or the teacher’s eyes alone, there is often deeper motivation.
On a drive with my eldest son a few days ago, I turned to ask him, “Have you ever felt racism?” My sons are 21 and 24 years old. We … Continue Reading Building Space for Voice
Whether students choose to express themselves in the form of writing prose, poetry or creating a video, the choice belongs to the writer.
“Did he read it yet?” Anxiously, I stared into my mother’s eyes as she stepped inside the house, closing the front door behind her. After a day of teaching elementary … Continue Reading Honoring Student Voice: Teaching Writing With a Social Justice Lens
Here’s a peek at the dates and times three members of our co-author team will be presenting at NCTE this weekend.
Many of us were taught that first person pronouns had no place in academic writing. But is that rule still being followed by professional writers?
Regardless of the genre, one of the most important things we can teach our students is how to write words that could come from them – and only them.
Read about writers’ tics, and share your own.
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell is an expertly crafted biography that can be used to teach students a variety of craft moves during a biography writing unit of study.
Karren Colbert is an educational consultant and founder of Write Brained Learning. She works with elementary teachers across the country and also presents at state and national conferences. Karren blogs at … Continue Reading GUEST BLOG POST: Say It Like a Writer
Jacques Steinberg, an education correspondent for The New York Times, appeared on “The Today Show” yesterday morning. He talked with Natalie Morales about college essays that worked and didn’t work … Continue Reading Voice Matters
Here’s a link to the final document that focuses on how to lift the level of your students’ conventions by using The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg. (If you haven’t seen … Continue Reading Reading-Writing Connections: Focus on Conventions
Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day (link takes you to Wikipedia; here is the official site). Next to Christmas, this may just be my favorite! 🙂 A little known … Continue Reading Yo-Ho-Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me!
“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” My high school History Teacher, Tom Wilcox, didn’t originate that phrase, but he repeated it to us quite a few … Continue Reading WN ENTRY: What do we do when we find ourselves repeating history?
We did a Poetry Pass for the first time during Interactive Read Aloud yesterday. I wanted to do it so that I could get the kids writing about a ‘heavy’ … Continue Reading Poetry Pass in Interactive Read Aloud
Staying with the voice/silence theme my class has begun to think about during our Interactive Read Alouds, I give you this poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller on the first Poetry … Continue Reading Voice/Silence — Poetry Friday
My kids returned from lunch and recess looking like they were ready for a discussion, not a read aloud aloud. However, it was time for Interactive Read Aloud and we … Continue Reading Of course you can write!
I heard the clicking of heels on the hallway floor. The clicking was getting closer. It was Kate. She had come to talk about our upcoming Voice/Silence Interactive Read Aloud … Continue Reading Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: #31
I just read a nifty article on Scholastic.com about teaching kids how to add voice to their writing. Click here to read it.