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Instant Minilesson Follow-Up

A strong active engagement, and a routine for informally assessing student work during the minilesson can give you the tools you need to be sure that no student leaves the meeting area completely confused.

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Student Self-Assessment: Introducing the Writing Checklist

Ever since I first received my copy of the middle school Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing , this book has been in my book bag and on my desk, read and re-read, marked up and festooned with post it notes for quick reference : Why? Because once our writing year begins… Continue reading Student Self-Assessment: Introducing the Writing Checklist

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Collecting Ephemera at the Primary Level.

Now here's a cool idea for all of you primary teachers who want to tap into the power of writer's notebooks without each student actually having a writer's notebook. Plus I think it could also be a tool for the rest of us wanting to focus on the ephemera surrounding the daily lives of ourselves… Continue reading Collecting Ephemera at the Primary Level.

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Ruth & Units of Study.

Earlier today Stacey posted an introduction about units of study.  I'll use Stacey's post as a "mentor" for this one.  First my background: I was first introduced to Writing Workshop through the All-Write Consortium, which is an organization dedicated to providing classroom teachers with professional development about the teaching of writing.  When the consortium began, they… Continue reading Ruth & Units of Study.