Category Archive: writers

Tools for Writers

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I just created a new Treasury called “Writers and Poets” at Etsy. It contains a variety of writerly things in blues and creams. Click here to view the Treasury before it expires on… Continue reading

SOLSC Inspiration

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Looking for ways to get your class inspired about the upcoming Slice of Life Story Challenge?  Here are a few ideas: 1.  Send a letter home like I posted on Sunday.  Be sure… Continue reading

Writerly Things to Do on February Break

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Are you off from work this week?  Are you looking for ways to nurture your inner writer?  If so, then here’s a little list I made, which may (or may not) appeal to… Continue reading

Writerly Things That Happened at Lunchtime

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Six of my students opted to stay up with me during lunch today.  Two were under the weather and wanted to chill with me; two wanted to finish their reminder posters; the final… Continue reading

Gearing-Up for Writing Circle

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We had a classroom situation we had to take care of last Tuesday at lunchtime.  Therefore, my weekly Writing Circle didn’t meet.  (I was happy they were disappointed since I felt disappointed too.) … Continue reading

Strategy Lessons for Writer’s Block

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I’m giving my students the choice to sign-up for one of four strategy lessons after the minilesson is over tomorrow morning in Writing Workshop. You’ll find a Scribd Document below which contains the… Continue reading

The Big Picture Series: Celebratation

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“Most people search high and wide for the key to success. If they only knew, the key to their dreams lies within.” –George Washington Carver Thoughts: I don’t think I was always able… Continue reading

Action Research Questions Reviewed

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I reviewed all of the answers my focal children gave me to the questions I asked regarding their writing process. I entered it into a spreadsheet. I’m sharing it in this forum for… Continue reading

Writing Behaviors & the Process

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With the action research project I’m about to embark on, I’m trying to get a better hold on the writing behaviors my students, who do not write regularly, possess. I reached for M.… Continue reading

Classroom Research

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I think I finally formulated the question I am going to use to guide the teacher-research I’m going to do in the months to come. It is: What kinds of things can I… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: I Think I Said Too Much

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An Original Poem for Poetry Friday:   Writing in My PJ’s   I think I said too much When I told my kids About my morning rituals yesterday.   I told them I… Continue reading

Quick Jots

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I’ve come to believe that real writers always need a place to physically write. However, real writers also live real lives. Sometimes it’s not always possible to fit an entire writer’s notebook (no… Continue reading

Do you write in the morning, around noon, or at night?

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Don Murray said: Write in the morning: Most writers write in the early morning before the world intrudes. They harvest the product of their subconscious. I realized, yesterday, that the homework assignments I’m… Continue reading

Preview Our NCTE Presentation

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Ruth and I are getting ready for our presentation in San Antonio, which is just a couple of months away. We joined the NCTE 2008 Conference NING, where we’re posting an abridged version… Continue reading

Blogs & Grammar

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Two months ago Pati, one of the Slice of Life Regulars, left this comment on one of our posts: As I have been working on this “Slice of Life Challenge,” while writing my… Continue reading

Getting Students Published

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I’ve had four of my former treasures (I’m borrowing a Jen Barney word here!) get published in New Moon Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams. However, I don’t just teach talented female writers;… Continue reading

WE’RE PRESENTING AT NCTE IN NOVEMBER!!!!

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I just got off of the phone with Ruth, with whom I shared the great news. Our conversation session proposal, “INSPIRING CHILDREN TO WRITE: TEACHING WRITING WORKSHOP WITH OUR NOTEBOOKS WIDE OPEN” was… Continue reading

Plan Boxes Defined

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Kelly asked about plan boxes. Since I happen to have one of my student’s old notebooks at my apartment this evening, I photographed six plan boxes to share with you. You can view… Continue reading

POETRY CHALLENGE

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I like challenging myself and my students with their writing. So… in honor of National Poetry Month, I thought about creating a week-long poetry challenge since I’d like to create more poetry of… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Please add the following image to your post and/or link back to https://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2008/04/08/slice-of-life-story-challenge/ so that folks can find other participants. Link your Slice of Life Story here by clicking on Mr. Linky.