The Writing Round-Up {3.17.18}

Welcome to the March 17, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up, our gathering of tips for teaching writing and growing as a writer yourself. We are very lucky to have you with us today!

For Teachers of Writers

Switching Places:

Conferring with your student-writers is a time to learn as much about them as it is about creating good writing. Author-educator Brian Kissel explains this beautifully in his poem, "Those Who Know Do Not Speak."

Steps to Successful Synthesis Writing:

Synthesis writing is a hot topic right now, as every secondary writing teacher knows. Teacher-writer Amy Casey has been studying the most effective ways to teach synthesis writing and has come up with some steps all teachers can take to help their students synthesize with success in her post, "Scaffolding Synthesis: Smaller Steps Toward Rigorous Writing."

Using Writing to Show What You Know:

Writing is an excellent way for students to clarify their thinking, discover points of confusion, ponder questions, and form conclusions. The post, "Extended Writing-to-Learn Strategies" from the AdLit website shares three different ways your students can use writing to show what they know.

Growing Writers:

How do we help our students develop the habits and dispositions of writers in the same way that we have helped them develop these things as readers? Clare Landrigan has an idea and shares it on her