Need some inspiration to write? Fall into a great book and read like a writer!
Want to help your students focus better during independent writing time? A recent NY Times piece by Daniel J. Levitin may hold the key to making this happen in your classroom.
Are you ready to join a writing critique group? Take the plunge and sign up as we start you on a new writing journey!
The Writers’ Exchange makes writing fun for kids while building their confidence. Want to know how they’re doing it? Read this Q&A with the organization’s co-founders.
A recent visit to San Francisco inspired me to think about oral story telling, publishing, an persuasive writing. Here are five things my trip left me thinking about. PLUS, leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a copy of a new picture book from Chronicle Books.
I want to know where do you write. At a computer or on paper? At a desk or on a couch? At home or at a coffee shop?
Five things I’m reading, enjoying, and thinking about this Friday.
We’ve all been there. You’ve gathered your students into the classroom meeting area, nice and cozy, with the intention of doing just a quick l’il minilesson. Just a quick tip … Continue Reading Top Ten Ways to Keep Minilessons from Turning into Maxilessons
I rarely read collections of short stories or essays, but I made an exception for The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan. It’s a book written by a debut author. Unfortunately, it’s her final title since she died tragically in 2012.
In my sixth grade class, we cycle through a set of genres every Writing Workshop year: personal narrative, memoir, feature article, poetry, profiles, and persuasive letters and research based essays. … Continue Reading Creating mini-units of study in writing workshop: writing to bear witness.
I’m proud to announce my second professional book with Stenhouse Publishers will be coming to you in the winter of 2016.
Last weekend I took a major step forward towards my dream of publishing children’s books. I attended the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference in New York. This post includes highlights from the keynotes and breakout sessions.
We are moving from our researching phase into our first draft phase in writing workshop – and my sixth graders are beginning to experience the inevitable struggle of transforming their … Continue Reading Laying a strong foundation for writing nonfiction through mentor texts
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 … Continue Reading Giving Students Choice in Note Taking
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 … Continue Reading Making space for writing (lots of it) in Social Studies
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 … Continue Reading Creating writing museums