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The Writing Round-Up {1.21.18}

Welcome to the January 21, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up, our weekly resource of some of our favorite ideas for teaching writing and for growing your own writing life. Thank you for spending some time with us today!

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For Teachers of Writers

Paragraph Power!:

Learning how to include paragraphs in writing is an important skill for all writers. Paragraphs make the job of reading so much easier for the reader. Want to see what I mean? Check out the examples in my post, "Paragraphs: Give Us a Break!" (Feel free to share these examples with your students if you'd like.) Teaching the New-New Rule for paragraphing will make this skill a breeze!

Risk-Taking Through Relationship:

I love Matthew Johnson's post, "Relationship-Based Writing," because it reinforces how important the relationship between the writer and their teacher is. Putting your thoughts onto paper is hard -- especially if you fear criticism and disagreement. Establishing strong relationships between yourself and your student writers is important if we want our students to grow in their writing, be willing to take risks, and be brave enough to share their words.

How Do They Do That?:

Want to share some expert advice with your writing students about how picture books are created? Debbie Ridpath Ohi has generously shared her work process, as well as templates for you to use with your students. I also love the "advice" section she includes.

For Teachers Who Write