Category Archive: writing

Giving Students Choice in Note Taking

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Tomorrow marks the last of our research days in writing workshop.  When we return to school next week, my sixth graders will begin the process of sifting through their research and drafting their… Continue reading

Making space for writing (lots of it) in Social Studies

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I love teaching writing and reading workshop, but there’s a special place in my heart for the third subject I teach: social studies.  Part of the reason for this is just a love… Continue reading

Creating writing museums

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Last July, Bonnie Kaplan invited me to join the Hudson Valley Writing Project’s Summer Institute for a day.  I had been hearing so much about the work these teachers had been doing, that… Continue reading

In my writing workshop: a student takes ownership

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Tucked away among  the many books I bought at NCTE is this treasure: a collection of Donald Graves’ essays on writing workshop.  An added bonus is a DVD that captures footage of  Don… Continue reading

In Your Own Words

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First drafts usually contain the words anybody can write. Revision is the key to crafting writing that sounds just like you.

Write, share, give: SOLS time

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“A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with… Continue reading

Gifts to Inspire Young Writers + Giveaways

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Nurture a child’s interest and talent for writing this holiday season with one of these items. Look for a chance to win one of these five items by reading the giveaway information at the bottom of this blog post.

Reflections on writing workshop: Sometimes when they say they’re “done” they’re really done

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  copyright: Bill Watterson – Calvin and Hobbes This is pretty much how Josh felt when I pulled my conferring stool up next to his desk yesterday and asked, “So, how’s it going?”… Continue reading

Nourishing the writer in the writing teacher.

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All week long, Heinemann Publishing has been celebrating  Don Graves on their Facebook page, featuring his groundbreaking  work, and asking educators this question: To honor Don Graves, help us keep his legacy alive.… Continue reading

Climbing out of a Writing Rut

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I’ve been writing daily for years, but lately I feel as if I haven’t written anything worthwhile. Sure – I’ve written blog posts about family and the teaching of writing.  Sure – I’ve… Continue reading

“Write Beside Them,” said Penny Kittle. And so I did…

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After reading Write Beside Them, Tara Smith realized she had to connect her teacher and writer identities. No longer would it be enough to share mentor texts and confer. She realized she needed to share her writing life with her students and walk them through her thinking as she wrote.

The Draft Series

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Draft is a weekly essay series in The New York Times about the importance and art of writing. The weekly Draft essay is one of the first things I look for in my Sunday paper since it pushes me to become a better writer.

Teaching Toolkits: Making Instruction Visible

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Anna Gratz Cockerille provides tips for organizing and developing teaching toolkits you can use across the school year.

Creating a Consistent & Meaningful Writing Life

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Several months ago I began meditating as a way of trying to achieve a greater sense of overall vitality. I started out by listening to a 10 minute podcast from a program called… Continue reading

Family Writing Night

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Cultivate home-school partnerships around writing by hosting a family writing night this fall.

Notebook Routines

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I think the thing that makes a writer is Habit. Yes, that’s habit with a capital H. (I go back and forth between whether it’s habit that makes a writer or belief that… Continue reading

A New Way To Learn About Teaching Writing

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It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.
 – Isaac Asimov I began a writer’s group last year at… Continue reading

Connect Your Thoughts in a Writer’s Notebook + Giveaways

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Last month, I was put on brain rest for two weeks in order to get better after having a concussion.  Brain rest in my world meant no driving, no news (print, online, or… Continue reading

Slicing Through the School Year

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Tara Smith shares how she launched, maintained, and celebrating the writing slice of life stories and comments — all year long — with her sixth grade students.

Sharing Some Thinking from the Writing Institute

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I’ve been wanting to try out Storify for awhile, but haven’t head a reason to use it.  Until now.  I decided to put together Storify some of my tweets and pictures from last… Continue reading