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The Writing Round-Up {11.9.19}

Welcome to the November 9, 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!

Go Deeper with Personal Narrative:

Personal narratives can be so much more than simple stories of the events in our lives. Jess Lifshitz writes about how we can teach students that personal narratives are a way to explore identity and share who they are with the world in her recent blog post.

Write Beside Them:

Amazing things can happen when teachers write with their students. Rebecca Alber explores in her Edutopia post, "Do You Write With Your Students?"

Story Generator App:

A friend recommended the Squibler app, self-titled "The Most Dangerous Writing Prompt Generator: Don't Stop Writing or All Progress Will be Lost." It looks interesting and I can see some classroom applications too. You can check it out for yourself here.

Writing Without Rules:

When students write without a lot of rules to follow, they are living the life of a writer. Find out how allowing more freedom in your writing classroom can help students find their writing voice in this post from The Conversation website.

Advice for Future Writing Teachers:

This month's #TeachWrite Twitter Chat was chock full of advice for future writing teachers and for those who struggle with teaching writing. Thank you to everyone who participated! If you missed the chat, you can read all about it here.

Why Ask Why?:

Greer Macallister explores the one word we should always return to in our writing in this Writer Unboxed post. (It's a good one!)

Headed to NCTE19?

Join us on Friday, November 22 at 5:00 PM ET for the #TeachWrite Meet-Up and Notebook Exchange. Bring a notebook to exchange and then we will do a little writing together. The location will be determined and texted to you when you sign up with our Remind.

We invite you to learn along with the #TeachWrite Team on Thursday, November 21 at 1:00 as we present "Teaching Writing is Not a Spectator Sport: Using What We Learn About Ourselves as Writers to Become Stronger Writing Teachers."


See you back here next week for the next edition of The Writing Round-Up.

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