Writing with All the Feelings by Liz Garton Scanlon

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Author Liz Garton Scanlon implores us to let “you be you” in today’s Author Spotlight post.

Do Your Best Writing: Kick Down the Bumpers by Julie Falatko

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Today’s post is by picture book author, Julie Falatko.

Salchows and Semicolons by Isabel Bandeira

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YA Novelist Isabel Bandeira shares what she learned about writing and the publishing process from ice skating.

SOL Tuesday

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Write. Share. Give.

Creating Characters as Real as Spit by Maribeth Boelts

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Maribeth Boelts provides us with tips for creating authentic, unforgettable characters in stories.

Research is My Friend by Lauren Castillo

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Lauren Castillo, a Caldecott Honor author and illustrator, kicks off this year’s Author Spotlight Series with a piece about how important research is to her artistic process.

Live From #KidLitPalooza!

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Stay tuned this morning as I add to this post about #KidLitPalooza, live from this amazing event that connects children’s authors to students!

Purposeful Play: A Review and a Giveaway

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In the new book Purposeful Play: A Teachers Guide to Igniting Deep & Joyful Learning Across the Day, Kristine Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler have laid out the research and practical advice that many of us have been looking for.

Why Would Writing Stop When School Ends?

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“Janie, you have a lifetime of writing. Writing, collecting stories, and sharing with others is a gift of life, and it never ends. Aren’t we lucky Janie?”

In the Classroom We Are All Learners: Reflecting on a Year of Becoming Word Conscious

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Elizabeth Siracusa, a fourth- and fifth-grade looping teacher, reflects on the ways she infused vocabulary instruction into her classroom this year.

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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It’s time to share your slice of life stories!

A Poetry Break: If I Were…

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Making space for poetry.

Teaching the Four Types of Writing Through Texts

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Janiel Wagstaff’s books will help you teach primary writers about the four types of writing in an engaging way. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win her series of Stella books.

Book Review: The Journey is Everything by Katherine Bomer

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In her brilliant new book, The Journey Is Everything :Teaching Essays That Students Want to Write for People Who Want to Read Them, Katherine Bomer makes a powerful and passionate case for the joyful embrace of a new vision for teaching our students how to write (and read) the essay.

Emergent Writing and Star of the Day

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My son, Alex, will be starting kindergarten this coming September, and I find myself thinking back to what I did to help those four and five year old emergent writers. With rising expectations for what incoming kindergarteners can do, I’ve been dusting off my kindergarten bag of tricks to work with Alex, to help him feel confident and ready when school starts.

Watch and Notice

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Help your students see the possibilities by writing in front of them

The Promise of a Writing Maker Space

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As I opened my classroom door Friday I knew we would be writing a poem for Mother’s Day. I was feeling a bit guilty about the ease and maybe the lack of thought that I had put into the gift this year. As I switched on the lights and straightened books, I thought about Wonderopolis. I entered Mother’s Day in the search box and found a wonder on Mother’s Day and an invitation to dive into Writing Maker Space!

SOL Tuesday

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If it’s Tuesday, it’s writing time!

ICYMI: Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts Blog Series

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This is the blog series for you if you are looking for inspiration or advice on using all sorts of mentor texts in your classroom including published books, student work, digital media, and teacher-created texts.

When to Use Mentor Texts: TEACHING WRITING WITH MENTOR TEXTS

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You have the right text now when is the right time?