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Multimodal writing and fairy tales is the theme of this week’s newsletter.
The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses My Hero Academia, Volume 1 by Kohei Horikoshi.
Craft Moves for Writers is the theme of this week’s newsletter.
Ruth Ayres explains the way image, text, and sound work together to create meaningful writing. She helps us consider where the writing carries the most meaning, as well as how these modes work together.
In this second installment, Julie Johnson guides the process of creating multimodal fairy tales, as well as discusses producing the final product.
Julie Johnson outlines the groundwork for creating multimodal fairy tales in writing workshop.
Mandy Robek takes a step back to relaunch a fairy tale study so students can engage in inquiry work in order to discover key characteristics of the genre.
Melanie Meehan unlocks a few craft moves in Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson.
Bitsy Parks outlines how to select mentor texts in order to have more ownership over the lesson and engage students.
Melanie Quinn uses her fourth graders love of drama to create a fun activity for learning how to integrate quotations into writing.
Gretchen Schroeder discusses grammar tools and the reasons students should use them as writers.
Jen Schwanke outlines ways to make substantial cuts to a draft in order to have confidence in the clarity of a message.
Leigh Anne Eck cracks open why dialogue is important in narrative writing and where to place dialogue in a story. She includes student samples that show the power of this craft move.
Melanie Meehan discusses the transfer of learning using pictures.
Gretchen Schroeder shares a summative assessment inspired by Song Exploder in which her high school students craft an argumentative essay defending a choice of a great song.
Nawal Qarooni Casiano is inspired by her yoga practice to provide a guided reflection to consider if workshop practices are progressing to a transfer of learning.
Melanie Meehan shows how pictures offer ways to expand access to students as writers by providing scaffolds and inspiration.
In her high school writing workshop, Julie Cox noticed that students wrote eagerly, but struggled to give and accept feedback. To increase student ownership and trust, she started Writers’ Club, and it affected transfer of learning in big ways!
Cathy Mere nudges us to consider perspective as a craft move and provides a stack of mentor texts in this book list.
Bitsy Parks shares special events that help students widen their scope of acceptance and appreciation for the differences among us.
Gretchen Schroeder shares her failures in preparing for antiracist literature instruction, and the principles she uses to empower meaningful conversations about race.
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