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The Writing Round-Up {5.04.19}

Welcome to the May 4, 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!

Supporting ELL Writers:

I love these tips for scaffolding writing for English Language Learners from Valentina Gonzalez and the Seidlitz Education website. These scaffolds are helpful at any grade level and in any content area so check it out.

Podcasts for Writing Advice:

I love listening to podcasts so I was excited to see that The Writing Life website came out with an updated list of their favorite podcasts for writers. I love #4, #7, #13 and #20 and am looking forward to checking out some new ones.

More Choice Writing:

We know how important it is that we offer students a lot of choice in their reading lives, but do we extend the same invitation to their writing lives? Matthew Johnson explores why students need more choice writing time in "Why You Should Probably Be Doing More Choice Writing (and How to Make It Happen."

The Wikipedia Alternative to the Research Paper:

MindShift/KQED has shared an interesting idea for helping students experience digital literacy in a new way -- writing or expanding on a Wikipedia entry in place of writing the common research paper. Check out "What Writing Wikipedia Entries Can Teach Students about Digital Literacy" for more.


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Kids as Media Creators:

There is plenty of media out there that our students consume every day. But what if we taught them to be media creators, and not just media consumers? Common Sense Media shares how we can help students take on the role of creator in their post, "New Strategies to Help Kids Create Media, Not Just Consume It."

Anonymous Peer Editing:

Karen McDonald and the EdSurge website have shared a great twist on peer editing that I think many of you will enjoy. Check out "How Anonymous Peer Editing Changed the Culture of My Classroom" for tips on how to have more success with peer editing.

Summer Writing Opportunities for YOU!:

This summer, after the craziness of school has passed, I invite you to join one of the Teach Write Academy's online writing workshops and take a dive into a writing life. 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 and join one today. Prices increase June 1 so act now!:

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!

(Please note: I participate in the Amazon Affiliates program which means that I receive a small commission when you purchase through my links. This comes at no extra cost to you.)

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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