Noticing the world around you is an important part of being a writer. Doing so provides us interesting details and experiences that can seep their way into our writing. But just noticing these things is not enough. We must write them down. When I am working on fiction, there's a daily journaling format that I like to follow. Every day in my journal, I will respond to these three prompts: 1. Something new I noticed. 2. Something I heard. (Write the dialogue as close to real
Welcome to the May 26, 2018 edition of the Teach Write Writing Round-Up, a gathering of tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher who writes. We appreciate you stopping by! As you begin to think about your summer plans, don't forget about online writing workshops that will be starting in the end of June in the Teach Write Academy. Either one is a great opportunity to meet other teacher-writers and get some writing done this summer. Come write with us! For Teacher
Welcome to the April 14, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher-writer yourself. Thanks for stopping in! For Teachers of Writers Keep Them Moving Forward: How do you keep students moving forward through the writing process, given that the writing process looks different for every writer? Read "Revision? Pshhh...I Write Best Under Pressure" from Hattie Maguire and Moving Writers. Poetry & the Writer's Noteboo
I love a good mentor text. Bringing a mentor text into your writing workshop reinforces the reading/writing connection. It can teach about the craft of writing and show student-writers how certain craft moves work. Mentor texts can also help spark ideas and provide a roadmap for students to try new things with their writing. I consider it a double-bonus when those mentor texts are also stories about writing. How better to drive home your lesson about writing than with a chara
Welcome to the January 27, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up! You may have noticed that we are now delivering the Writing Round-Up on Saturday, not Sunday. This is to allow you more time to read and reflect on some great ideas around teaching writing and being a teacher who writes. We hope you enjoy the change! For Teachers of Writers Growing Extraordinary Writers: What do students need to thrive as writers? What can administrators and teachers do to create a culture of wr
Welcome back to the Writing Round-Up, a collection of some of our favorite finds about teaching writing and being a teacher who writes. We hope are ready to dive into some new learning because we've got some good things to share this week. Let's get started! For Teachers of Writers Who Are Your Students Writing For?: As a writer, keeping my audience in the forefront of my mind shapes the writing I do and motivates me to do my best work. Do students have this same opportunity?
Spring has sprung and the countdown to summer is ON! Need a little inspiration to spark your writing instruction in these final weeks? Here are a few of our favorite ideas from this past week: Feedback That Moves Writers Forward: Did you catch the #G2Great chat with author Patty McGee on April 6th? If you didn't, you can catch up on what you missed on the Literacy Lenses blog. (It was AMAZING!) Patty is the author of the new book, Feedback That Moves Writers Forward, and sh