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The Writing Round-Up {3.23.19}

Welcome to the March 23, 2019 edition of the Teach Write Writing Round-Up!

Every week, this Writing Round-Up gathers together tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher who writes.

We put these tips all in one place to help make your job easier. Be sure that you have joined our email list so you never miss an update!

Now, onto this week's tips!

Poetry Sparks for April:

Sarah Donovan wants to help you and your students write poetry in April. Visit her website to learn more and to sign up to receive a poetry idea every day during Poetry Month!

Creativity Boost:

Finding that you need a boost in the creativity department? Do your students? Check out "5 Ways to Boost Creativity in Just Ten Minutes" from A.L. Grady.

The Science Behind Feedback:

How can we provide feedback to our student-writers that will help them grow? Learn about the science behind feedback in the article, "The Feedback Fallacy" from Harvard Business Review and decide.

Starting Stories Strong:

I love these tips for starting a story out strong! (They can be easily adapted for the classroom too.) Check out "A Checklist for First Chapters" from Debbie Giusti from Seekerville.


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Make Time to Write in April:

Are you looking for a writing group? The April cohort of our Time to Write online writing workshop is now forming. Join us!

Teaching Students to Paraphrase:

Teaching students how to take an author's words and make them their own is difficult and often leads to copying. Jennifer Davis Bowman shares some tips and resources for helping students learn this skill in her Edutopia post, "Teaching Students to Paraphrase."

Storytelling Tips from 'Stranger Things':

What can binge-worthy shows teach us about storytelling? Check out "What Binge Watching 'Stranger Things' Has Taught Me About Storytelling" from Scott Hildreth and The Writer's Dig website. (This would make a great discussion with students too!)

Let's Chat!

Join us Monday, April 1st 4th at 7:00pm ET for the monthly #TeachWrite Twitter chat. April's topic is POETRY PONDERINGS in honor of Poetry Month. Poets and non-poets will gain a lot from this chat! Want a text reminder of the monthly chat? Sign up here.