• Jennifer Laffin

The Writing Round-Up {7.1.20}

Welcome to the July 1, 2020 edition of the Teach Write Writing Round-Up, the space where I gather tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher who writes.


This summer, the Writing Round-Up will be coming to you on the 1st and 15th of the month.

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Now, onto the tips...



Bloggers Wanted:

If you have a story about being a teacher-writer or would like to share a writing experience from your classroom, we want to know about it for possible publication on the Teach Write Blog. Get started by filling out this form. Then check out the recent blog posts written by a few of the teacher-writers from our Teach Write Community below.


America, We Need to Talk:

Teacher Pamela Fordham shares how she uses writing to help her students ease their way into the conversation about race in her Teach Write post, "America, We Need to Talk: Helping Students Find Their Voice Through Writing." (Note: After the publication of this blog post, Pam's class was reinstated. YAY!)


Virtual Writing Workshops:

Literacy specialist Krista Senatore shares how she has taken her own experience of being a part of the Time to Write Virtual Writing Workshop and adapted it for students in this time of distance learning in her post, "Planning Virtual Writing Workshops with Students."


You Can Write Too:

Check out "5 Ways I Became a Teacher-Writer (and You Can Too!) by Donnetta Norris for five easy and engaging ways to grow your writing muscle so you can be a better writing teacher.


What is a Writer?:

Teacher and longtime Time to Write participant Michelle Sheehan shares her thoughts on calling yourself a writer in her post, "What is a Writer?"



Harvesting Writing Ideas:

In “Alerting Student Writers to the Existence of More Ideas,” Alan J. Wright talks about how students miss experiences that could inspire their own writing. He suggests that we, as teacher-writers, model how we get our own ideas. Take a moment to check out his suggestions for harvesting more writing ideas.



Podcasts for Writers:

Are you looking for some great writing podcasts? Check out “23 Top Writing Podcasts That Help You Improve Your Craft.” The podcasts range from writing fiction to living as a writer to publishing strategies. No matter where you are as a writer, you are sure to find one that fits your needs.



Guide to Writing Picture Books:

If you are considering writing a picture book, then this is a must-read! Josh Funk, the author of picture books including, Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, has 12 lessons in “Josh Funk’s Guide to Writing Picture Books” that share what he has learned during his writing career.


Writing Marathon:

Join us wherever you are on Friday, July 10 from 10 am to 1 pm ET for the first-ever Teach Write Virtual Writing Marathon! Grab your notebook & get ready to write. More details & sign up can be found here. ALL are welcome!



Last Call for Summer Writing Time:

We've got great workshops available this July in the Teach Write Academy: Notebooking 101 and Time to Write. Let this be the summer you grow the writing life you've always wanted.



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



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