The Writing Round-Up {10.22.17}

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? When students write for an authentic audience (someone other than just YOU), writing engagement soars. Read more here.

Fire Up the Presses - Publishing a Classroom Newspaper:

Speaking of writing for an authentic audience, here is a great plan from ReadWriteThink to get you started with publishing a classroom newspaper.

Short Mentor Texts for How-To Writing:

If you teach your students to write How-To papers, you will want to share some of the mentor texts available from the NY Times. There are a wide variety of topics appropriate for many age levels. Who knows, you might even learn a thing or two like I did!

Looking for a Writing Challenge?:

Do you have students who are looking for a special push to challenge themselves in their writing? Check out the Young Writers Program from NaNoWriMo for details on how students can write a novel in 30 days. There are amazing resources available on their website that can help make this happen.

Alternatives to the Five Paragraph Essay: