• Jennifer Laffin

The Writing Round-Up {3.30.19}


Welcome to the March 30, 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.

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Now, onto this week's tips!

Editing Tips from Authors:

Teacher Ashley Booth sent out a tweet asking authors for a one-tweet tips for editing that could be shared with students. The responses were so plentiful, a Google doc was created. You can check out the responses here.

Putting Imposter Syndrome to Rest:

Have you convinced yourself that you don't have what it takes to be a writer? That your writing is 'bad'? That no one wants to read what you write? You'll definitely want to check out "Eight Ways Writers Can Combat Imposter Syndrome" from Kristin Kieffer and the Well-Storied website. (I also HIGHLY recommend the book, The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield for more on this topic too!)

Genius Hour & The Writing Workshop:

Rebekah O'Dell and the Moving Writers website is running a fabulous series on combining Genius Hour and the Writing Workshop. You can check out this week's post about finding ideas here.

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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 begins on Wednesday, April 3rd. We'd love to have you join us!

Honoring Student Voice:

I just love the post "Acknowledging Writers to Disturb the Universe" from Lanny Ball and The Two Writing Teachers website. As teachers, we can feel like we need to fix everything. (Enter the 'red pen' of writing.) Lanny reminds us that we don't and gives us ways to celebrate our students right where they are.

Writing in the Age of the Typewriter:

As someone who grew up writing 'term papers' on a typewriter (my parents gave me an electric typewriter when I graduated 8th grade), I really enjoyed the post, "Do We Write Differently on a Screen?" from The New Yorker. Turns out that maybe writing was different back before automation.

Writing Sparks for the HS Classroom:

Looking for some fun writing ideas for your high school classroom? Betsy Potash and the We Are Teachers website share some fun ones in "Ten Fresh Writing Prompts for High School English." (#3 & #9 are my favorites!)

Let's Chat!

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