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The Writing Round-Up {8.03.19}

Welcome to the August 3, 2019 edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher-writer yourself. Thanks for stopping by!

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Now, on to this week's Writing Round-Up!

Interesting (and Authentic!) Informational Writing:

There are so many more ways students can share their learning than writing a research paper. "Information Writing That's Not 'The Research Paper' from Rebekah O'Dell and Moving Writers shares some great ideas and tips to make informational writing more interesting and authentic.

Students Are Authors Too!:

There is power in writing for an authentic audience and for an authentic purpose. Check out how this UK teacher helped her students publish a book and the results it brought to her writing classroom.

The Power of Journaling:

It's never too late to start a journaling habit. Deepak Chopra shares how journaling makes us healthier and offers tips to get started in this blog post from NBC. Imagine the implications for the classroom too!

Writing Workshop or Writer's Workshop?:

As you look to begin a new year, consider what you call this time of day when your students write. Check out "Writing Workshop vs. Writer's Workshop" from Brian Kissel and ILA to learn the important difference between these two phrases.

It's Okay to Write Poorly:

Before you can find your creative genius, you need to create -- A LOT! That means that we will not always like what we write, but we can't give up. Check out "How to Be a Creative Genius" from Alex Mathers for more.

Overcoming Writing Inertia:

We've probably all felt it...that draining feeling of not wanting to write. How can we turn things around and start writing again? Janalyn Voight has some tips in "Making Time to Write: Overcoming Writing Inertia."

Writing Dazzling Dialogue:

Writing powerful and effective dialogue can be tricky. We want the words we us (both figuratively and literally) to do a job. "How to Write Dialogue That Dazzles Your Readers" from the Write Practice shares six tips to spruce up dialogue skills.

Keep Your Writing Momentum Moving:

Looking for a way to keep your writing momentum moving into the new school year? Sign up to join the Time to Write workshop in September. This fall, we are meeting on Tuesday evenings. It is always a great time -- meet some fun teacher-writers who support each other and write together in this weekly workshop.

Let's Chat!:

Please join us for our next #TeachWrite Twitter chat on Monday, 8/5 at 7:00 pm ET. This month, we are looking to share tips, tricks, and techniques for writing and for teaching writing. Join us!

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