• Jennifer Laffin

The Writing Round-Up {5.02.20}

Welcome to the May 2, 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...



Coronavirus Journals:

As writers, we know the power of story and the importance of telling our own narratives. “Oral histories and personal journals will be vital tools” for historians to record events of this pandemic. Read “Why We Should All Be Keeping Coronavirus Journals” to see how our personal journals can be a valuable primary source to historians in decades to come.


100 Poetic Forms:

Reading and writing poetry should not be set aside just for April - National Poetry Month. We should celebrate poetry year-round, and Writer’s Digest has a great tool to help. Check out their “List of 100 Poetic Forms for Poets” to keep you writing poetry all year long.


Peer Editors:

Do you use peer editing in your classroom? Frances Dowell shares instructions she gives student editors to help them learn how to read a draft and give helpful feedback to their peer-writers in “Editors in the Classroom Workshop.”



The Rule of Three:

Did you know that three is a magic number? Well, at least in writing it is. Joslyn Chase at The Write Practice shows us “3 Ways to Use the Rule of Three in Writing to Satisfy Readers.”



Teaching Writing Remotely:

For many teachers, teaching online is a new challenge and one in which many were not prepared. The Atlantic interviews Mississippi Teacher of the Year, Renee Moore, about the most important lessons she learned about teaching reading and writing remotely.



Finding Grace:

When teachers walked out of classrooms in mid-March, many of us didn’t realize we would not be returning for the remainder of the school year. As teachers continue to adapt to distance learning, Andy Schoenborn shows us in “Finding Grace in the Heart of Pedagogy” that a “sip in the well of grace” is what we may need to continue on this journey.



Time to Write:

The Teach Write Time to Write Workshop is NOT your average writing group. {It is so much better!} Come find out why when you join other teacher-writers for some dedicated writing time each week. You can find out more and register here.



Calling All Notebookers:

Please join us on Monday, 5/3 at 7:00 pm ET for our monthly #TeachWrite Twitter chat. This month, we are celebrating National Notebook Month as we explore the wonderfulness of notebooking. (Sign up for text reminders here.)


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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