Category Archive: writing workshop

Day 26 of the March SOLSC #sol17

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Welcome to Day 26 of the Challenge. We’re winding down… If you’re sharing your students’ Slice of Life stories, please head over to the Classroom Slice of Life.  ANNOUNCEMENTS If you’re a new… Continue reading

The Rising Writers Club

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My school offered a before school writing club and it was a hit! Here is a quick glimpse and a little tip on teaching poetry as April approaches.

CLASSROOM SOLSC: DAY 23 OF 31

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This is your students’ 23rd day of continuous writing. Whoo hoo! If you’re sharing your own slice of life stories, please head over to the Adult Slice of Life Story Challenge.

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 20 OF 31

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It is day 20 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge for Students. Your students have been blogging for nearly three weeks!

Four Quick Steps: Are You Ready For Opinion Writing?

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To help guide our teaching we needed to know what our kids can do and where they would need our support.

Shaking Up Personal Narrative

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Ever since I read this post by Katie Kraushaar, I’ve been thinking about personal narrative and wondering why it is that students, particularly in middle elementary grades and beyond, are sometimes less than enthusiastic about… Continue reading

Transitional Phrases for Information Writing

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Information writing is a great opportunity for teaching students about fluency and transitional phrases.

A Peek Into My Evolving Chartbook

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Over the years, my chartbook has evolved. Here are some of the latest pages.

Resetting Student Ownership and Student Responsibility

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We realized our students needed to revisit why they are reading and writing in reflection to their current needs as readers and writers. Our work has shifted from the skills of learning to decode, spell, and use conventions to inferring, synthesizing, identifying and applying craft techniques, using voice, and then sharing our synthesized thoughts and stories with others.

Pausing to Reflect: Personal Essays

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My third graders are wrapping up their unit on personal essay. While some have grasped the structure and have articulated reasons and examples to support their argument, others have struggled to understand the concept of an essay. I want to take some time to think about what went right when teaching this unit and where the breakdowns occurred.

Three Ways to Teach Empathy Inside Writing Workshop

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This video, narrated by Brene Brown, has been viewed over 7,000,000 times. Empathy is more complicated than its twin sister, sympathy. Empathy is a challenge for a lot of people–not just kids. The great… Continue reading

Setting Goals With Students

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Once we teach students about goals and the importance of them in our lives, we can use the accompanying language in all aspects of their, and our own, learning.

The Power of Silence in Conferring

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I took a deep breath and paused a long pregnant pause. My next words needed to be just right.

Watch. Look. Listen: AUTHENTIC PURPOSES FOR WRITING

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Writing is a stalwart act. Through writing, we express ourselves, uncover feelings, tell our stories, organize our schedules, share our beliefs, and change our world. To some students (and even adults) writing can seem like a monumental task and writing may feel cumbersome. But when you think of the necessity of writing in our lives, writing is unavoidable.

Writing for Audience: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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Sometimes we write to clarify our thinking or record a moment so it won’t be lost in our memories. Other times we write to entertain, inform, or instruct. Recently, many of us have… Continue reading

Carving Out Time: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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I believe in writing. I believe that the more you write, the more you discover your own thoughts and ideas. Your voice grows stronger. You become more fluent. Writing becomes a part of who you are, how you see the world, how you process your thoughts, how you communicate effectively with others. It is not enough for students to just write during writing workshop. Writing needs to be woven into the fabric of the day, across subject areas, in ways that are meaningful and authentic for students.

Writing Partners: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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Someone once told me: You can’t write well about something you don’t care about. One day, I listened in on two first grade partners, Jennifer and Marco, sharing their pieces of writing. I stood… Continue reading

Creating Change: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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It’s often difficult for children to see themselves as change-makers. Writing and processing small or big ideas can help children see that their voices can be powerful guides for change, even if the change is simply making someone’s day.

Exploring Feelings Through Writing: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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This week, my TWT colleagues and I are writing about the importance of authentic purpose to writers. We all agree that our students will benefit from having strong voices, clear messages, and wide… Continue reading

Join the 10th Annual March SOLSC Welcome Wagon Team!

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5   My father used to say, “February is the longest month.” But really, we know it isn’t. Thankfully we can look forward to the Tenth Annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge!… Continue reading