Welcome to the October 8, 2017 edition of the Writing Round-Up, a collection of ideas for teaching writing and being a teacher who writes.
We've found lots of great things to share this week so let's get started.
For Teachers of Writers
We teach students how to read digital text, but do we teach them how to write it? So much of our daily reading is digital: emails, blogs, texts, social media and more. It is no longer a question of analog (handwritten) vs digital writing and which is most important. Both are and the similarities between the two are many. Read "From Analog to Digital: Why and How to Teach Students to Write For an Online Audience" from EdSurge to learn more.
Teaching students how to use and grow a writer's notebook receives much of our teaching energy at the beginning of the year. As we move into the next phase of the year, are we still placing as much emphasis on keeping a notebook as we did a few weeks ago? This post from Dana Clark shares simple ways to keep the notebook alive.
When your students fall in love with a book, having them make a connection with the author makes the experience even sweeter. In this day of social media, it is easy to send a tweet to an author, but don't forget about good old snail mail. Who doesn't love getting a letter in the mail (instead of always bills, bills, bills)? Kimberley Moran shares some tips for writing to favorite authors in her post, "Your Students Should Be Writing to Authors." Get your stamps ready!
For Teachers Who Write
Looking for a few ideas to try out in your own notebook? Check out "Taking Your Notebook For a Walk: An A to K of Places to Write" for some clever ideas of places to take your notebook and what to do with it once you arrive. Very fun!
A mastermind is a small group of people with similar interests (like writing) who come together to share their progress and problem-solve struggles. Many famous writers from the past have been involved in masterminds: Virginia Woolf, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien to name a few. Nicole Bianchi shares how a mastermind works and how you can start one to support your writing life in this post from the Writing Cooperative.
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