• Jennifer Laffin

The Writing Round-Up {3.09.19}

Welcome to the March 9, 2019 edition of the Teach Write Writing Round-Up!

Every week, this Writing Round-Up gathers together tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher who writes. We put these tips right here all in one place to help make your job easier. Be sure that you have joined our email list so you never miss an update!

Now, onto this week's tips!

Returning the Arts to ELA:

We all have standards that our teaching needs to meet. But how can we deliver instruction that is creative and engaging, while meeting those standards too? Teacher (and #TeachWrite co-moderator) Andy Schoenborn explores this idea in his NCTE article, "Reclaiming the Arts in English Language Arts."

Copying the Mentor Text?:

Using mentor texts in the classroom is a great way to show students writing moves in action. But where is the line between inspiration and copying what students see? Is there such a line? Shawna Coppola explores this idea in her Educators' Collaborative post, "Writing Help: But What if They Copy Their Mentor Text?"

Need More Writing Ideas for the SOL Challenge?:

Are you are participating in the Two Writing Teachers' Slice of Life Story Challenge in March, you may be approaching the point where you are starting to 'run out' of ideas. If so, check out this Padlet from our friend, Christie Wyman and write on!

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Writing Move: Repeating Words:

I just love this post from Maggie Beattie Roberts, who shares an easy yet effective writing move inspired by Roz Linder. Enjoy "Using Repeating Words to Strengthen Writing."

Are We Overthinking Writing?:

Even when I'm not writing, I am thinking about my writing. Sometimes, I even spend so much time thinking about a writing project that I run out of time for the actual writing. If this ever happens to you too (I know I can't be the only one!), check out "Does Thinking Count as Writing?" by Julie Duffy.

Editing Tips: Many of my readers are teachers who are either writing a professional book or who are thinking of writing one in the future. If this idea interests you, you'll find some helpful editing advice from Larry Ferlazzo in his post, "Editing Lists for When Teachers Write Books." (Many of these tips would be excellent advice for our student-writers too!)

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