The Writing Round-Up {7.16.17}

Welcome to this week's edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering place for ideas about teaching writing and growing your own writing habit. I hope you are having a restful and rejuvenating summer and are getting lots of writing done yourself.

For me, I really start thinking about getting ready for back-to-school after the 4th of July has passed. I think it might be all of the fresh school supplies in the stores and the catalogs that start arriving in the mail that do it. This week's Round-Up will get you thinking about your writing classroom for the next year and hopefully spark some new ideas for you.

Words of Wisdom:

Who can resist words of wisdom about writing from some of our favorite authors and illustrators? On her website,, author and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi has gathered some of the best quotes about writing and the writing process that are sure to inspire your young writers and illustrators (and maybe even you too!).

Notebook Inspiration:

If you are new to using writer's notebooks or are just looking for some new ideas, check out this post from ninth-grade English teacher Sarah Krajewski. The many different ways she uses her notebook both for herself and her students is inspiring. I would say her ideas could easily be adaptable to all grade levels too.

Engaging Writers with Heart Maps:

If you have a student writer who struggles with engagement and don't know what to do, consider using Heart Maps. Heart Maps originator and author Georgia Heard describes how Heart Maps can help in this podcast (with transcript) and this video. I love how Georgia suggests that teachers give Heart Maps a try first so they understand how they work...and summer is the perfect time to do that!

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