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?

Create Your Own Text: Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts

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Use a teacher-written mentor text for your next unit of study

Digital Mentor Text for Blogs: Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts

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Some of the most influential pieces of writing that have tugged at my heart and live in my soul are blog posts. As we planned this blog series on mentor texts, a lightbulb flashed above my head: Why not create a collection of mentor blog posts to help me improve my own writing? Why not create a similar collection for my students, to share with them possibilities and craft moves they could try, too?

How to Choose & Mine Mentor Texts for Craft Moves: Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts

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I’ve been researching and working with mentor texts for over a decade. Here’s how I choose them and mine them for craft moves to teach young writers.

Student-Written Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts

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As you embark on using, student-written mentor texts push yourself beyond the flawless and visually perfect pieces. Look for the gems buried behind the messy and sometimes crumpled papers. Search for opportunities for all students to shine and guide other writers. All writers have value.

Reading Like a Writer, Step-By-Step: Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts

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This week at Two Writing Teachers will be sharing ideas about teaching writing with mentor texts: from published books, to student work, digital media, to teacher-created texts. This blog series will inspire you to dive in and find the perfect texts to learn from with your students.

SOL Tuesday + a Donation Update

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Last year we opened a Cafe Press store for people interested in buying some Slicer swag.  We received our commission from our store a couple of weeks ago and recently made another donation… Continue reading

Exploratory Notebooks

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Beginning to think about Exploratory Notebooks and easing into a research writing unit.

Engaging with Preschool Writers

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Last week, I encouraged a group of preschoolers to write books about their experiences. It went better than I expected.

Make Writing: A Book Review

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Make Writing: 5 Teaching Strategies That Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Maker Space is a “MUST READ” for writing teachers. It is a quick read (less than 100 pages), inspiring, practical, and very current, as “maker spaces” are a hot topic in education today. These strategies can be used with all age levels, bring fresh energy to writing workshop, and allow for more students to find their voices as writers.

How Do We Develop a Writing Identity?

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How can we help students develop identities as writers?