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The Writing Round-Up {10.29.17}

Welcome to this week's edition of The Writing Round-Up, our gathering of tips for teaching writing and being a teacher who writes. We are glad you are here. Get ready to learn!

For Teachers of Writers

Mentor Texts for Your Boy Writers:

Looking for some fun mentor texts to inspire your hard-to-reach boy writers? Check out these suggestions from Moving Writers. Along with each mentor text, they provide three ways to teach writing using that text. Awesome!

Help for Struggling Writers:

By now, you are far enough into the school year to have a good grasp of the writing abilities of your students. This article from Rusul Alrubail and Edutopia shares that the National Center for Educational Statistics found that 4 out of 5 students do not write proficiently. As teachers, how do we close this gap? Read and find out.

Writing Tips for ADHD Students:

Students who struggle with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) face many challenges with writing, but there are steps teachers can take to support these students at every stage of the writing process. This article from Tracy Collins and Edutopia explains more.

Don't Forget to Celebrate!:

Be sure to schedule in some time for fun to celebrate the hard work of your student writers. This post from Lanny Ball and Two Writing Teachers details why celebration is important and a variety of easy ways to plan a celebration.

A Guarantee for Bad Writing:

We got a giggle from this 1996 Writing Project article, "How to Practically Guarantee Poor Student Writing - Without Even Trying." Even though the years have passed, these truths still ring true. Check this list to ensure you aren't doing any of these.

For Teachers Who Write

Teacher Writers Lead the Way:

There is more and more evidence stacking up that teachers who write make the best teachers of writing. Check out this article from The Atlantic to see why teaching writing is more than just assigning writing and involves the careful insights of a teacher who writes along with their students.

Call for Manuscripts:

Voices From the Middle is looking for submissions for upcoming issues. You can find more details here.

November's #TeachWrite Chat:

Join us on Monday, November 6th at 7:30pm ET for our monthly chat dedicated to growing the writing habits of teachers. This month's topic is "The Power of STORY." To sign up for the Remind, visit


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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