• Jennifer Laffin

The Writing Round-Up {10.15.17}


Welcome to the October 15, 2017 edition of the Writing Round-Up. Thanks for stopping by to check out some of my finds for teaching writing and being a teacher who writes. I'm glad you're here!

I'm super excited about the tips I found to share this week. Please read on....

For Teachers of Writers

Mentor Text Lessons Galore:

When I had first started teaching using the writing workshop method, I stumbled across the Writing Fix website and their extensive list of writing mentor texts AND lessons and it changed my teaching life for the better! If you haven't seen this website and all of its amazing resources, you can access it here. (Access to the mentor text page for your grade level range is on the upper left side.)

Are You Writing With Your Students?

As teachers, we often share the things we are passionate about with our students, be that a book we just finished, a cool science experiment, or something else. But what message are we sending them about writing? Do we give writing the same love and attention that we do our book talks? Read "Do You Write With Your Students?" from Rebecca Alber and Edutopia to learn more of why we should commit to doing this.

Start a Creative Writing Club:

Students at your school will love living the life of a writer when you start a creative writing club for them. This post from The Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors will show you how. What fun!!

Celebrate the National Day on Writing!:

Friday, October 20 is the NCTE National Day on Writing. How do you plan to celebrate with your students? Check out the NCTE Why I Write website for ideas or search #whyIwrite on Twitter. Join the #NCTEChat on Sunday, October 15 at 8:00 pm ET to connect with others who are celebrating this day.

For Teachers Who Write

Call for Submissions:

A new blog, Project Canvas, is looking for submissions on the topic of writing inspiration, motivation, and advice. If you would like to contribute, you can find the details. here.

Need Inspiration to Write Every Day?:

Join me and the Daily Writing Project to build your writing habit by writing about the word of the day. Every morning at 6:00 CT, I publish a new word on Twitter using the hashtag #DWHabit. Search it out and write with me!

Interesting Story Prompts:

I came across these story prompts from Inflatable Press and I was intrigued. They are different from anything I've seen before. Why not try one for yourself?

Get to Know Jeff Goins:

If you haven't discovered Jeff Goins' website yet, you should get ready to spend some serious time there. Jeff is a friend to writers and writer-wannabes, offering tons of advice and resources on his website. Plus, his podcast is amazing! Jeff's tips range from developing a regular writing habit to blogging to publishing. There is something for everyone!

Every Sunday, the Writing Round-Up shares a few of our favorite finds about teaching writing and other topics of interest to writing teachers.

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Thanks for reading this week's Writing Round-Up! Have a great writing week and see you next Sunday.

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