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The Writing Round-Up {1.27.18}

Welcome to the January 27, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up!

You may have noticed that we are now delivering the Writing Round-Up on Saturday, not Sunday. This is to allow you more time to read and reflect on some great ideas around teaching writing and being a teacher who writes. We hope you enjoy the change!

For Teachers of Writers

Growing Extraordinary Writers:

What do students need to thrive as writers? What can administrators and teachers do to create a culture of writing? "Growing Extraordinary Writers: Leadership Decisions to Raise The Level of Writing Across a School and a District" by Mary Ehrenworth and Lucy Calkins answers these important questions.

Count Those Words:

Did you catch our post, "Sentence Length: Mix It Up"? It details an easy way you can teach your writers how to add variety, flow, and interest to their writing by varying the length of their sentences. (Bonus -- it can help them find run-on sentences too!

Collecting Writing Ideas:

Teacher and Wonderopolis Lead Ambassador Christie Wyman is putting together a Padlet of writing ideas and lessons and has graciously shared the Padlet with us to share with you! You can check it out here.

Flash Drafting

How do we allow time for our students to practice on-demand writing that is often found on state assessments without taking up the precious moments of writing workshop? Rebekah O'Dell of Moving Writers has a solution -- flash drafting. Read more here.