The Writing Round-Up {4.11.20}

Welcome to the April 11, 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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Video Series on Creative Writing:

Ann Braden, the author of The Benefits of Being an Octopus, has a three-part video series titled “What to Write When You Don’t Know What to Write (And You Don’t Think You’re a Writer)”. Although this series is designed for children of all ages, her tips could benefit anyone who is writing fiction.

What is a Writer's Notebook?:

Whether you want your students to notebook now to record current events or would like to use writer's notebooks in the fall, Ralph Fletcher explains everything you ever wanted to know about notebooks in this classic NCTE article.

Poem a Day:

Can reading a poem a day make students better writers? Can it make us better writers? In this short podcast, Can a Poem a Day Make Us Better Writers?, Ann Kroeker shares how she began her school year with a poem a day and how her students (and maybe ourselves) began seeing the world and themselves in a different way.

Reflection as a Teacher-Writer:

At Teach Write, we believe teachers who write make the best teachers of writing. Lynne Dorfman believes “the first step to being that kind of teacher involves some self-reflection.” In “Writing and Me” Lynne shares some important reflective questions on writing.

How to Be an 'Effective' Writer:

Jeff Goins shares writing resources and tips on how to become not a good writer, but an effective writer. Check out How to Be a Good Writer (If There is Such a Thing).

Where Writing Ideas Live:

Don't think you have anything to write about? #TeachWrite blogger Daven Carlson will show you 2.8 billion little moments that you can write about in his recent post, Where Writing Ideas Live.


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