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Say What You Mean: Part Two

Tammi Myers wrote the following on our Facebook Page in response to the post I wrote on Tuesday: Sometimes we repeat jargon with the goal of being consistent with other grade levels- but that just gives us a class of kids who can parrot the terms with no real understanding. Tammi makes an excellent point. … Continue reading Say What You Mean: Part Two

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Say What You Mean: Part One

One September, I was creating a chart with my students about the things good writers do.  They said things like "good writers write long and strong" and "they add details."  I was initially impressed.  These kids seemed to know some of the things it took to be a strong writer.  But then, I conferred with… Continue reading Say What You Mean: Part One

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Meta-Language for Talking About Texts

I was just reviewing my notes from the course I took with Lucy at the TCRWP Summer Writing Institute last month. I came across a page of notes I took where Lucy summarized the best way she knows of to talk about texts with kids. I reviewed it and tried to make it my own.… Continue reading Meta-Language for Talking About Texts

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Sad… Sometimes it’s more precise than you think!

Last week, during the Writing Institute, Lucy stressed the impotance of writing with precise language since that enhances meaning. I was shocked when she said that sometimes "I felt bad," in a kid's writing MIGHT truly be exact. I sat there wondering about that for awhile since I've been teaching kids to "crack open" general… Continue reading Sad… Sometimes it’s more precise than you think!