Category Archive: writers

Confessions of a Writing Teacher

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I didn’t teach the literary essay unit of study until last year. Why? I WAS SCARED TO DEATH TO TEACH IT! It seemed so complicated and so important… what if I messed up?… Continue reading

Writing Miles Apart

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I visited my old school this past fall and had lunch with several of my former students, some of whom were part of DEAL WITH IT! Powerful Words from Smart, Young Women, and… Continue reading

Of course you can write!

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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 were supposed to… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 31

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Today’s the last day of the first-ever Please link your Slice of Life Story to us here by clicking on the Mr. Linky Widget below. Please tag your posts with the words SLICE… Continue reading

Bringing Back Poetry Circle

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Made with free image tools @ TXT2PIC.com Every Friday afternoon, last year, my class and I used to have a weekly Poetry Circle. However, this year I didn’t due to a lack of… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 29

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Just three days left in the: Please link your Slice of Life Story to us here by clicking on the Mr. Linky Widget below. Please tag your posts with the words SLICE OF… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 20

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Can you believe we’re already at Day 20 of the ? Please link your Slice of Life Story to us here by clicking on the Mr. Linky Widget below. To learn more about… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 11

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If you start today capturing your slices of life stories today, then you can still be in the drawing for a prize! Please link your Slice of Life Story to us here by… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 1

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It’s 12:05 a.m. on March 1st, which means it’s time for me to post the widget for Day 1 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Please link your Slice of Life Story… Continue reading

We’re hosting a Slice of Life Story Challenge this March!

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Learn more about it by going viewing this ten page “slide show.” Make a scrapbook – it’s easy! Let us know if you’re planning to take part in the March Challenge by leaving… Continue reading

Need Inspiration?

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Look no further than In Other Words, which is a site that posts a quote daily and asks you to write off of that quote. Today’s quote comes from Norbert Platt and is… Continue reading

Self-Assessing Their Notebooks

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Inspired by Davis and Hill‘s Book The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing: Strategies, Structures, and Solutions, which is published by Heinemann, I began giving my students weekend writing assessments last year. One of… Continue reading

Writerly Matters

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Kelly at Big A little a has some wonderful blogging about the topic of “writerly matters.” Do check it out if you want to do some more thinking about the ‘basics’ I’ve sometimes… Continue reading

writer’s block.

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Or is it blogger’s block?  I don’t know what to post . . . and this is quite uncharacteristic for me, which means it is also quite frustrating.  Since the title of the… Continue reading

So you say that teachers of writing must be writers themselves, eh?

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I’ve found a common thread amongst those who’ve commented on Ruth’s Post entitled “Key Beliefs.” Nearly everyone has said that teachers of writing must be writers themselves. If that’s the case, then it’s… Continue reading

DonorsChoose Challenge

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I started a BLOGGER CHALLENGE over at DonorsChoose.org yesterday in order to get some funding for writing into other teachers’ classrooms. Would you believe that someone already donated $100 towards one of the… Continue reading

Blogger Challenge

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I’ve started a BLOGGER CHALLENGE over at DonorsChoose.org in order to get some funding for writing into other teachers’ classrooms. As you know, our motto is “Write: It’s Good For You!” Therefore, we… Continue reading

a special space.

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I’ve been a writing coach for four years now.  My arm was gently twisted at the end of the school year when I was planning on looping my seventh graders into eighth grade. … Continue reading

Strategy: Write Using A Photo

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Whenever I want my students to bring in a photograph to help them write, I usually say NO PORTRAITS since there are rarely good stories that come from them. Hence, I put together… Continue reading

Outdoor Outlet

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Please check out Jen’s Post about taking her students outside to write. It’s a great idea to try before the weather gets too cold (which is happening soon in most parts of our… Continue reading