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The Writing Round-Up {2.08.20}

Welcome to the February 8, 2020 edition of the Teach Write Writing Round-Up. Thank you for stopping by!

Every week, I gather tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher who writes and put them right here in the Writing Round-Up.

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Now, onto this week's tips...

Contest Alert -- Picture Books:

If you have a picture book manuscript and are looking for a place to submit it, check out the Bedtime Picture Book contest from the Institute of Children's Literature. Deadline is 3/31/20.

One Little Thing:

Stephanie Affinito shares how she uses her notebook as a tool for celebration in her post, "One Little Thing" on the Sharing Our Notebooks blog. Students may benefit from keeping a One Little Thing notebook too!

Memory Inspired Writing:

How can writers take a memory and spin in into a fictional story? See how Christine Carlson Asselin did in in her post "How Memory Can Inspire Fiction" from Writers' Rumpus.

Revision Checklists:

The Institute for Children's Literature has graciously shared a few checklists that can be used to revise fiction. Use them for your own fiction writing or for mini-lessons in your writing workshop. You can find the checklists here.

Writing Teacher Roadblocks:

Check out this Heinemann podcast featuring Tom Newkirk and Randy Brandt where they discuss some common roadblocks we writing teachers often face and offer suggestions of how we can move past them.

Write It, Then Right It:

Did you catch these tweets from Jason Reynolds this past weekend? I love his advice about drafting. Share it with your students!


That's all for this week's edition of the Teach Write Writing Round-Up. I will see you again next week with more tips!

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