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Putting Into Practice What I Learned about Authentic Information Writing From Ralph Fletcher

The Monday morning after Ralph Fletcher’s presentation on Authentic Information Writing at Vassar College, I gathered my sixth graders at our reading area and shared what I had heard and learned....

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Learning From Ralph Fletcher: Teaching Authentic Information Writing

Two weekends ago, thanks to Bonnie Kaplan and the Hudson Valley Writing Project, I had the great pleasure of attending Ralph Fletcher’s presentation: “Making Nonfiction from Scratch: How Can We Give Students the Time, the Tools, and the Vision They Need in Order to Create Authentic Information Writing?” I knew it would be a great morning of learning ...

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Laying a strong foundation for writing nonfiction through mentor texts

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 notes  into interesting, well-written feature articles.  “Inevitable” I say, because I go through this every year, at exactly this same time.  Turning research into writing… Continue reading Laying a strong foundation for writing nonfiction through mentor texts