Category Archive: writing workshop

The Notes App and Notetaking In The Multimedia Writing Workshop

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Fast forward, ten months and today I offer you another powerful tool for today’s multimedia writer.

Reimagining Writing Assessment: A Reflection + Giveaway

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In the opening pages of Maja Wilson’s book, REIMAGINING WRITING ASSESSMENT, Thomas Newkirk gets the ball rolling with this statement, “Rubrics regularly fail to offer help to a writer because they focus on what writing has (features) not what writing does (effect).” Today I’m sharing my reflections as well as offering a giveaway to one lucky reader.

A Writer Emerges: Watching My Daughter Grow as a Writer

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How do you when you are a writer? I’ve been following my daughter’s journey and watching her grow in her belief she is a writer. I’m a believer, too.

Transitioning From Support to Independence

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What areas of independence do you wish writers took on more freely in your workshop?

An Elaboration Tool for Self-reflection and Revision

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“Show don’t tell,” we say over and over to students but–it’s harder than it sounds, though, maybe for multiple reasons.

Digging Into Digital Storytelling

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I found myself thinking about my classroom experiences, wondering how I might be able to help teachers get started and just as I started feeling overwhelmed… I heard these words…

SOL Tuesday

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WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOL bloggers. I loved this tweet that came up… Continue reading

The Quickwrite Handbook, A Review +Giveaway

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Linda Rief has collected a treasure of mentor texts and created a guide to encourage you to find your own treasures! Start here, get inspired, and then see what you find when you start looking. It can be as small or big as you want when you begin and Linda gives us all the right tools to get started.

Think More, Say More, Write More: Elaborating with Personal Essay

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How do you help writers bridge the gap from paragraph writing to essay writing? What are your favorite strategies for elaboration?

It’s Tuesday! Welcome to Slice of Life!

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Welcome to Slice of Life! I am sharing a screenshot of an important reminder from author Anne Lamott. At Ted.com, she has thirteen more reminders about living the life of a writer. If… Continue reading

Continuing to think about our mentor texts

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While we have to ask ourselves questions about where books fit into our curriculum and how books support mindsets, now, more than ever, we should be asking how the books we use promote social justice and cultural awareness. These questions do not apply only to the books we offer students to read, but also the books we use to teach students to write. 

Yes &… with Digital Tools We Can

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As we set off to create writers who write in tandem with the printed world and the digital world there are a few we need to consider.

Slice of Life Tuesday

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WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOL bloggers. If you are a slicer and you… Continue reading

ICYMI: Notebooks as a Writer’s Tool

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We hope you enjoyed our November Blog Series all about writer’s notebooks. In case you missed it, here is the recap to get you up to speed!

Four Mentor Texts to Nurture the Relationship Between a Writer and a Notebook: Notebooks as a Writers Tool

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Writers pause to notice the obvious and obscure moments in life. They preserve their memories in their notebooks by jotting words, tucking away photographs, ticket stubs, and other items that have left an… Continue reading

What goes in a Writer’s Notebook? Notebooks as a Writer’s Tool

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Regardless of genre, we want to inspire students to develop their voices as writers, and then use those voices to entertain, inform, and change the world.

Ways to Organize Writer’s Notebooks: Notebook as a Writer’s Tool

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There is no one “correct” way to organize writer’s notebooks. So much depends upon the purpose the notebooks serve in your classroom and how students will utilize them during writing time. My goal with this post is to share different possibilities for organizing writer’s notebooks and present you with various options. To section or not to section will depend on how you see writer’s notebooks and the role they play in your workshop.

The Idea Book: A Tool To Help Kids Live Like Writers

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It’s never too early to instill writerly habits. A class idea book will inspire kids to collect seeds for writing everywhere they go (and much, much more!).

SOL (and Election) Tuesday

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Somehow, I’m guessing that this community is not one that needs reminders to vote, but maybe we all need inspiration and energy to encourage everyone around us to get to the polls today.… Continue reading

Whose Notebook is it Anyway? Notebooks as a Writer’s Tool

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Encouraging engagement with notebooks means we may need to get out of the way. The notebook should always feel like it belongs to the writer.