Narrative Writing Makes a Beautiful Gift

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 The students wrapped their writing in an array of wrapping paper, and they left my classroom eager to share their gifts – the gift of words.

Poems Are Teachers: Interview & Giveaway

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Poems Are Teachers, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s newest book, is grounded in the idea of writing workshop. It contains practical lessons teachers can use the very next day, as well as mentor texts written by published and student poets. Learn more about it in an interview with Amy. Then, leave a comment for a chance to win two of Amy’s books.

Teaching Digital Tools in Writing Workshop: Plan, Purpose, Model

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By blending the choice of digital tools into our lessons, we are showing students how they can purposefully use devices and keep the thinking where it belongs, on the writing, not the tool.

SOL Tuesday

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

Keeping Narrative Alive

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By the middle of October, many students in our district are nearing the end of their first writing unit, and in almost all grades, that first writing unit has a narrative focus. Students… Continue reading

National Day on Writing: Last Minute Ideas!

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It’s not too late to plan a celebration of National Day on Writing. NCTE celebrates on this day each year the importance and most of all the delight that writing can bring to our lives using #WhyIWrite as a common theme. Take a look at some quick ideas to get your celebration rolling if you didn’t set a plan in motion for this special day.

The Power of Language Revisited

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When it comes to the teaching of writing in a writing workshop, language is everything.  It is through the words we teachers choose that writers are created, built up, encouraged, and inspired.

OLW Check In

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What was your OLW and how did it treat you so far this year?

SOL Tuesday

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

Sticky Notes, Arrows, and Margins, Oh My!

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Sharing strategies to prepare for revision later can set up students for success.

Using Writing for Research in the Content Area: It’s Not Just for ELA

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Today’s guest blog post comes from Library Media Specialist, Shannon Betts.

What Are They Looking At? Tackling Slow Starters

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Helping students take back their writing time when they are a slow starter.

It’s Not All About Blog: The Work Before The Blog

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Take the first step together; write, read, and comment on blogs as a class.  These first steps will help your students learn the feel and expectations of a blogging community.

IT’S TUESDAY! PLEASE JOIN US WITH A SLICE OF LIFE!

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WRITE. SHARE. GIVE. We hope you’ll join us all as we tell our stories. Write your post and please share the permalink to your own blog post with the community. Comment on at least three other posts. If… Continue reading

Providing Ladders of Expectations

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All writers learn from studying each other’s writing.

Make Your Teaching Vivid: Show, Don’t Tell

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You are probably familiar with the writing move SHOW, DON’T TELL. However, do you recognize its potential as a teaching move? Enjoy the start of two journeys with two students who are seeing their potential unfold.

Lights, Camera, Action! 3 Tips for Creating Maximum Effect During a Writing Lesson

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Walking ourselves through and rehearsing what we will model for young writers so as to create the desired effect(s) can be extremely helpful.  Whatever curriculum we are using, it’s just so important to walk through the big steps of our teaching ahead of time so that we plan for maximum learning impact. But what type of “effects” might be desired?

Powerful Punctuation!

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Punctuation is a pesky problem. Third grade students often forget their punctuation, writing an entire story without a single period in sight. As I launched writing workshop this year, I’ve been looking for ways to show my students that punctuation can add voice and meaning to their piece of writing.

IT’S TUESDAY! PLEASE JOIN US WITH A SLICE OF LIFE!

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WRITE. SHARE. GIVE If you are a slicer who is attending NCTE in St. Louis and you’re interested in joining Stacey and Deb for dinner on 11/18 at 7 pm, please email Stacey at stacey[at]staceyshubitz[dot]com.… Continue reading

Doing the Same Work as Our Students

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I made many mistakes during my first year of teaching. I’m too embarrassed to blog about most of them since I cringe when I look back on my first year of teaching. I got so… Continue reading