• Jennifer Laffin

The Writing Round-Up {5.30.20}

Welcome to the May 30, 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...



Last Call for Time to Write in June:

Registration for the June session of the Time to Write! Online Writing Workshop for Educators is closing soon. Why not get together to work on your writing life with the support and inspiration of the Teach Write group? Writers of ALL levels are welcome. Watch the video below then register here.




Becoming a Teacher-Writer:

Teach Write believes that teachers who write make the best teachers of writers. This Education Week article, “Why Teachers Should Write,” shares some simple steps to get started as a teacher-writer.



More Uses for the Writer’s Notebook:

The writer’s notebook is more than a place to capture seed ideas. In his blog post, Alan J. Wright explains how to broaden our student’s use of notebooks in the classroom and states the best place to begin this change is through modeling with our own notebooks.



Creativity in Writing:

How would you define creativity? How do you develop creativity? Check out “5 Steps to Creativity in Writing” to find out why creativity is essential for writers and how you can become more creative.



Writing Nonfiction:

Are you a nonfiction writer? Melissa Stewart is an award-winning of children’s nonfiction books, and she has a two-part series on the process of writing nonfiction using expository writing and narrative nonfiction.



Realistic Writing Goals:

If writing a book is one of your goals, then check out this video, “How to Create Realistic Goals for Your Writing” by Sarra Cannon, where she shares three tips for setting realistic goals that may help you to get that book finished.



Authentic Writing:

As adult writers, we probably feel our writing is useful, important, or authentic. Do our students feel this way, or do they feel their writing is just for an assignment? In this English Journal article, Anne Elrod Whitney shows us four commitments to keeping writing authentic for our student writers.


Plot VS Character Driven Stories:

What’s the difference between character-driven and plot-driven stories? Is one more important than the other? Check out this Writers Life Wednesday video by Abbie Emmons to understand the delicate balance between characters and plot.



The Great Spaces Debate:

Should there be two spaces after a period or one? Microsoft Word has weighed in on the Great Spaces Debate and will now flag two spaces after a period as an error. If you are writing for publication, you may want read this post from The Write Life to stay up-to-date with this current debate.



Our #TeachWrite Chat is On the Move!

To allow for deeper discussion and connection, the #TeachWrite Chat is moving from Twitter to its own Facebook group and will now be a monthlong slow chat. Join us here to connect & converse! Questions are posted the first of each month.




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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