Storytelling Starter Pack: Making the Leap

If you’re trying to reach reluctant writers with “nothing to write,” pushing students to use craft and voice in writing, or just hoping to make the writing process creative and fun, storytelling may be your answer. Taking the leap is easier than you think!

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Conferring Toolkits: Class Stories, Shared Writing and Interactive Writing

Whether it's storytelling, or shared writing, or interactive writing, any piece of writing that your whole class created together is going to be extremely helpful to have at your fingertips while you are moving about the classroom conferring.

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A Mini-Crash-Course on Oral Storytelling

It's been several months since I've written for Two Writing Teachers. In December my son was born, and I was on maternity leave until a few weeks ago. Then, in March I pushed aside all excuses and did the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Every day in the month of March I recruited my four year old daughter to tell… Continue reading A Mini-Crash-Course on Oral Storytelling

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GUEST BLOG POST: Say It Like a Writer

Karren Colbert is an educational consultant and founder of Write Brained Learning.  She works with elementary teachers across the country and also presents at state and national conferences. Karren blogs at The Write Brained Teacher and occasionally tweets @karrencolbert. This is a story of a boy named Alex. Maybe you know him. He is the boy… Continue reading GUEST BLOG POST: Say It Like a Writer