• Jennifer Laffin

The Writing Round-Up {1.21.18}


Welcome to the January 21, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up, our weekly resource of some of our favorite ideas for teaching writing and for growing your own writing life. Thank you for spending some time with us today!

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For Teachers of Writers

Paragraph Power!:

Learning how to include paragraphs in writing is an important skill for all writers. Paragraphs make the job of reading so much easier for the reader. Want to see what I mean? Check out the examples in my post, "Paragraphs: Give Us a Break!" (Feel free to share these examples with your students if you'd like.) Teaching the New-New Rule for paragraphing will make this skill a breeze!

Risk-Taking Through Relationship:

I love Matthew Johnson's post, "Relationship-Based Writing," because it reinforces how important the relationship between the writer and their teacher is. Putting your thoughts onto paper is hard -- especially if you fear criticism and disagreement. Establishing strong relationships between yourself and your student writers is important if we want our students to grow in their writing, be willing to take risks, and be brave enough to share their words.

How Do They Do That?:

Want to share some expert advice with your writing students about how picture books are created? Debbie Ridpath Ohi has generously shared her work process, as well as templates for you to use with your students. I also love the "advice" section she includes.

For Teachers Who Write

Writing Websites Galore!:

Check out "The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2018" from The Write Life website. Topics include everything from editing to community to blogging. There is something here for everyone!

A Stickler for Good Grammar:

Are you someone who is quick to notice grammar errors? Does it drive you crazy when someone forgets an apostrophe or uses the wrong version of a verb? If so, you will enjoy "6 Old Grammar Rules That are Finally Going Out of Style." Times ARE changing, aren't they?

Journal Topics Galore:

I love finding Gary Anderson's Class Journal Topics on Twitter. While I'm sure they are meant for his students, I think they are a perfect fit for us adult writers too. Here is a list of some of Gary's past topics from his blog for you to try out for yourself.

Looking for Your Tribe?:

Have you joined the #TeachWrite Tribe on Facebook yet? We share daily inspiration, accountability, and support for teacher-writers of all levels and abilities. Come meet some new writing friends today!

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