• Jennifer Laffin

The Writing Round-Up {11.05.17}


Welcome to this week's edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of some amazing tips for teaching writing and growing your writing habit. Thank you for being here. Let's get started!

For Teachers of Writers

Memoir in Middle Grades:

Memoir writing is hot, hot, hot right now! "How to Teach Memoir in the Middle Grades" from MiddleWeb and Jake Wizner explains why and offers some fun way to help your students tell their stories.

Managing Independent Writing:

Does thinking about a classroom (or classrooms) of students each working on a different writing project have you shutting down your workshop before you even begin? If so, then you MUST read "Managing Independent Writing" from Rebecca O'Dell and Moving Writers. Her solution for record keeping is brilliant!

Editing & Revising: What's the Difference?:

Did you catch my post that explains the difference between editing and revising? Many students (and maybe even a few teachers) think they are the same thing, but their job is quite different.

Thinking Strategically About Writing:

Let's all agree...teaching writing is not easy. Writing is a combination of many varied skills that must work together in order to translate thoughts into words. So how do we teach students to think strategically about their individual writing process to discover what works best for them? "Becoming Strategic Writers -- And Teachers of Strategic Writing" from NCTE and Deborah Dean shares the role reflection plays in this skill. (If you'd like to learn more about this, I also recommend Paula Bourque's book, Close Writing.)

For Teachers Who Write

Writer's Block? What Writer's Block?

What keeps you from writing? Don't let those fears and excuses keep you from bringing your words to the page. This post from Seekerville will help you overcome just about anything that keeps getting in your way. #4 is an especially tough one for me. How about you?

Sparks of Inspiration:

If you love quotes as much as I do, you will love these motivational quotes picked especially for writers from Writers' Rumpus.

What Time do YOU Write?

Are you an early bird or a night owl when it comes to your writing time? You've probably heard the reasons why early morning writing is best, but you just can't convince yourself to move your alarm earlier. (In reality, ANY time you write is the right time. Right?) If you are interested in trying out early morning writing, check out these ideas from Writers in the Storm on how and why you can make this happen.

November's #TeachWrite Chat:

Join us on Monday, November 6th (tomorrow!!) 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 www.remind.com/join/teachwri.

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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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