• Jennifer Laffin

The Writing Round-Up {4.20.19}


Welcome to the April 20, 2019 edition of the Teach Write Writing Round-Up.

Every week, I gather tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher who writes and put them right here all in one place.

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Now, onto this week's tips!

Flash Fiction:

Curious about writing flash fiction? Want to support your students who are interested in giving this genre a try? Teacher and author JJ Burry shares some great tips in her post, "5 Lessons I've Learned About Writing Flash Fiction."

Help the Writing Process Come to Life:

Telling students to edit and revise their writing can be confusing. But taking the time to show students how you compose, edit, and revise by writing in front of them brings the writing process to life and helps it make sense. Check out "Modeling the Writing Process and Editing for Students" from teacher David Cutler and Edutopia.

Authentic Audience Matters!:

Giving students a real reason to write by providing them with an authentic audience (a reader beyond just the teacher and the grade) makes all the difference. Rebekah O'Dell shares how she brought writing to life in "The Closet Project: Awakening Possibilities with Authentic Writing" on her Moving Writers website.

Playing with Poetry:

How is your poetry writing going this month? Every day in April, Christie Wyman is introducing us to a new, playful way to write poetry. You can find all of her inspirational ideas on her blog, Wondering and Wandering.

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Getting Commas Under Control:

Ahhh, the often misunderstood comma. Matthew Johnson explores how to help your students get their use of commas under control once and for all in " Getting Rid of Comma Errors for Good." I love the free write activity he shares too!

Relearning How to Write:

Where and how did you learn how to write? Was it a good or not-so-good experience for you? Sarah Callender explores her writing history (which wasn't so good) and what she's done to change her writing future in her Writer UnBoxed post, "So You Think You Can Write?" Her discussion of the Ten Stages of Writing-Related Grief is awesome too!

Writing Opportunities for YOU!:

Speaking of relearning how to write, I invite you to join one of the Teach Write Academy's online writing workshops. They are a ton of fun, a great opportunity to write with some other very supportive teacher-writers, and you will definitely grow as a writer. Check out our upcoming offerings:

Time to Write! Online Writing Workshop, Wednesday evenings in MAY

Time to Write! Online Writing Workshop, Tuesday evenings in JUNE

Time to Write! Online Writing Workshop, Various times in JULY

The Time to Write! Online Writing Workshop is a chance for you to work on your own writing project, set some writing goals, and get the support you need to make meeting those goals happen!

Focus on Fiction Online Writing Workshop/Book Study,

Tuesdays in JULY

The Focus on Fiction Online Writing Workshop for those teacher-writers who would like to try their hand at writing fiction. We will read Lisa Cron's Story Genius (affiliate link) as our guiding text. Come stretch yourself and your writing skills in this fun group!

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Building a Writing Habit Online Workshop,

Various times in JULY

Would you like to learn about how you can build a writing habit? How being a teacher who writes makes you a stronger writing teacher? If you are new to writing or are looking to refresh your skills, join me in the Building a Writing Habit Online Workshop and learn how!

Get Ready to Chat About Notebooks:

Our May chat is one of my favorites because it's about one of my writing tools -- the writer's notebook! Join Andy, Michelle, Leigh Anne and me on Monday, May 6th at 7:00 PM Eastern (6:00 PM Central) for NOTEBOOK NOTICINGS. Text reminders of all of our chats are available here.

I will see you back here next week for the next edition of The Writing Round-Up. Wishing you a wonderful week with lots of memorable experiences to write about!

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