Welcome to the April 7, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of tips for teaching writing and for growing a writing habit yourself. Thank you for stopping by!
For Teachers of Writers
Did you catch our post this week, "Fantastic First Lines?" It includes a free resource for you to use with your students to help them play with their opening lines and try on a few different techniques to find one that will really grab the attention of their reader.
Do your students know what their favorite writers go through to see their books through to publication? Author Melissa Stewart shares a timeline from inspiration to publication for her book, No Monkeys, No Chocolate on her website, Melissa Stewart's Science Clubhouse.
Do you have any students who just don't seem to be interested in writing? Ashley Lamb-Sinclair offers "3 Ways to Unlock the Writer in Every Student" in this EdWeek blog post.
What kind of writing practice are you giving your students? Does your curriculum pacing guide move students from one genre to the next or is there a spiral in effect that keeps former learning in practice with new learning? Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle share why students need several visits and re-visits through genre study in order to develop a depth of skill development in their ASCD article, "Giving Students the Right Kind of Writing Practice."
For Teachers Who Write
Since listening to Seth Godin's Akimbo podcast called "There's No Such Thing as Writer's Block," (episode 5), I have really spent a lot of time thinking about the excuses I make that deter me from my writing. Give his podcast a listen and see if your excuses are holding you back too.
Do you have a daily writing habit? The #DWHabit Word of the Day (searchable on Twitter and also posted in the #TeachWrite Tribe Facebook group every morning) features a new word every day. Let the WOTD inspire your writing and take you wherever it leads. You might be surprised what you come up with!
There are a lot of Facebook groups for writers, just waiting to offer support and inspiration. If you are looking for something like that, check out "20 Facebook Groups for Writers You Won't Want to Miss" from The Write Life. (Also....Don't forget about The Teach Write Tribe, a FB group dedicated to teacher writers!)
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