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The Writing Round-Up {11.12.17}

Welcome to this week's edition of the Writing Round-Up! We are getting super excited to head to St. Louis for the NCTE Annual Convention next week to take in all the amazingness that is literacy. Will you be there? Tweet us at @TeachWriteEDU and let us know!

We've got a great Writing Round-Up for you this week so let's get started:

For Teachers of Writers

A New Form of Writing:

We've seen the annotated-list headlines everywhere: Seven Ways to Start Your Day, Ten Books Your Classroom Needs, Seven Ideas for Teaching Fractions , or even my own Five Myths About Teaching Writing. This style of writing is catchy and gets right to the point quickly. Readers like it. How can we teach our students to add this style of writing to their writing toolkits? " Your New Favorite Form of Writing, Revealed" from Shawna Coppola will show you!

Contest: Letters About Literature

The Library of Congress is sponsoring the Letters About Literature contest for students in grades 4-12. More information can be found here.

Spicing Up Expository Writing:

Are your students (and you) tired of writing essays about their favorite sports or "All About...." research reports? Would you like to mix things up a bit and get your students more invested in their expository writing? Check out "Creative Expository Writing Prompts for Uninspired Students" for inspiration. I can see how many of these could be easily adapted to a variety of grade levels.

The Power of Conferring in Writing Workshop:</