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July 30, 2021: What routines might you reconsider for next school year?

Thoughtful procedures is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Teaching Students How to Email

Katherine Sokolowski outlines the nitty-gritty on how to teach students to organize, manage, and compose email.

Rethinking Late-Work Policies

Gretchen Schroeder asks herself tough questions about her late-work policy for high school students. In the end, she changed her late-work policy and found that it took no effort on her part, other than a shift in mindset, while yielding powerful results.

July 23, 2021: How Does Technology Enhance Workshop Routines?

Technology and routines is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Google Classroom Boot Camp

Katherine Sokolowski takes time each year to help students know how Google Classroom works and details ways to take advantage of it as an organizational tool.

Four Tools for Hosting Online Book Clubs

Matt Renwick leads us to design book clubs where students can continue to grow and connect as readers in online discussions.

Finding Reliable Digital Reading Resources

Cathy Mere shares how to find reliable digital reading resources to pair with print materials to provide strong opportunities for student learning.

June 25, 2021: How Do You Reach Readers?

Mentor texts is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

June 18, 2021: Mentor Texts

Mentor texts is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Playing with Words

Heather Fisher considers the possibilities for extending vocabulary development through a daily word routine.

Offering Playful Choice to Show Learning

Tammy Mulligan shares her quick thinking when students are bored with book clubs and reminds us all of the importance of offering playful choice for students to show their learning.

Sensible Reasons to Use Student Reading Records

Leigh Anne Eck outlines sensible reasons for students to keep reading records.

Conventions Podcast with Jen Schwanke

Jen Schwanke joins the podcast to discuss conventions.

June 11, 2021: Conventions

Conventions is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

June 4, 2021: Multimodal Writing

Multimodal writing and fairy tales is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses My Hero Academia, Volume 1

The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses My Hero Academia, Volume 1 by Kohei Horikoshi.

May 28, 2021: Craft Moves for Writers

Craft Moves for Writers is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Where the Writing Carries Meaning

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.

Fairy Tales with a Multimodal Twist: Process and Product

In this second installment, Julie Johnson guides the process of creating multimodal fairy tales, as well as discusses producing the final product.

Fairy Tales with a Multimodal Twist: Laying the Groundwork

Julie Johnson outlines the groundwork for creating multimodal fairy tales in writing workshop.

Fairy Tale Study that Needed a Restart

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.

Craft Moves in Before the Ever After

Melanie Meehan unlocks a few craft moves in Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson.

Overplayed Mentor Texts

Bitsy Parks outlines how to select mentor texts in order to have more ownership over the lesson and engage students.

Conventions and Keeping It Real

Melanie Quinn uses her fourth graders love of drama to create a fun activity for learning how to integrate quotations into writing.

Is Grammar-Check Cheating?

Gretchen Schroeder discusses grammar tools and the reasons students should use them as writers.

Editing to Consolidate

Jen Schwanke outlines ways to make substantial cuts to a draft in order to have confidence in the clarity of a message.

Creating Places for Dialogue

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.

Transfer of Learning Podcast with Melanie Meehan

Melanie Meehan discusses the transfer of learning using pictures.

May 21, 2021: Transfer of Learning

Transfer of Learning is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Crafting Argumentative Essays

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.

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