Category Archive: writing workshop

Teaching from Home: A Poetry Lesson

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This is an invitation to write a poem with me today! You might also find this post helpful to you as a teacher and wish to share it with your students.

What to Expect from the #TWTBlog Team During COVID-19 Extended School Closures

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I’m not sure what next week or next month will look like, but I can tell you what to expect from our team of co-authors, contributing writers, and guest bloggers as we seek to navigate this unprecedented time.

Day 11 of the March 2020 SOLSC #SOL20

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Welcome to Day 11! Yes! We have more prizes to announce today! We are grateful for our Welcome Wagon volunteers!

Day 10 of the March 2020 SOLSC #SOL20

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We have a winner of the SEAT Prize. Keep reading the announcements and slicing! We are in the double digits!

Day 9 of the March 2020 SOLSC #SOL20

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Yesterday, I announced the SEAT prize. If you have made it through the first week, slicing every day and commenting daily on at least three other posts, then you are eligible for the SEAT Prize. Fill out the form by midnight for a chance to win a SEAT Prize!

Day 8 of the March 2020 SOLSC #SOL20

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SEAT stands for Scribing Everyday Augmentable Time. If you have made it through the first week, slicing every day and commenting daily on at least three other posts, then you are eligible. Fill out the form by midnight on Monday for a chance to win a SEAT Prize!

DAY 7 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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And the first week is winding down! Woo hoo! Welcome to Day 7 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge 2020.

Moving Along — and Backing Up — in Information Writing

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When any task involves many skills, there are a lot of places for a metaphorical bump in a straw. When we break the task down, the final product involves many potential downfalls!

DAY 4 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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Write. Share. Give.
Today’s the first day we’re doing a mid-month prize. Check out the details in the body of the post.

Start With Joy: Book Review and Giveaway

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Even if you don’t win the copy of Start With Joy as a giveaway from us, I hope you will consider adding it to your collection of professional books. Students face so many pressures and challenges in their daily lives, both in and out of school. Ultimately, we want them to learn, for sure, but we also want them to find joy in the process. This book not only reminds us of the importance of happiness, it also provides ways to design for joy.

The Immersion Phase of a Unit: Reading and Writing Collide

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The immersion phase of a unit allows us all to get to know our subject. For students, it might be ideas they have and for teachers, it is about getting to know their writers a bit better.

Teaching Writing: A Review and Book Giveaway

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“The most important belief is that kids need the opportunity to grow up as writers, writing a lot, just as they talk and read and do math a lot,” (Calkins, ’20).

How-To Writing for All Ages: Expand the Possibilities of Genres You Teach

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I was surprised to discover that some kids see How-To’s as something that is only for kindergarteners. I wonder how many teachers might also think of How-To’s as something that is too easy for older writers.

Narrative Writing: Expand the Possibilities of Genres You Teach

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So many stories, so many possibilities for weaving narrative writing into other genres– and so much fun we can have doing it!

The Writer’s Process: Expand the Possibilities of the Genres You Teach

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What do you find most challenging when it comes to the writing process? Have you considered a writer’s process as personal and unique or a step-by-step path rarely disrupted?

On a Snow-Melting Day + Giveaway

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Prepare yourself for some exquisite words to get your writing week off to a wonderful start.

Writing on the Walls

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What we place on the walls of a classroom tells students, or any other person who enters the room, what is valued most, and what we should value most in our classrooms is student work.

Thinking Big About Writing

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The writing work in our building is transforming, and it is exciting to be a part of the change, to witness the impact on kids as we make our workshops increasingly authentic and compelling.

We are constantly reflecting on what’s working—what’s leading to measurable shifts in how we plan for writing (and how kids experience writing)—as well as where we might be getting stuck: places there is genuine motivation to transform the task, and yet, our best intentions are still missing the mark in some significant way.

Overview of the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge

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This March, we’ll host the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.

Engaging a Writer’s Emotional Awareness

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I’m on a path to understanding how emotions connect to engaged writers. Today I’m sharing some resources to bring you along with me.