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June 18, 2021: Mentor Texts

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

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.

Yoga Poses and Workshop Processes: Honor the Journey

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.

How Pictures Can Engage and Inspire Writers

Melanie Meehan shows how pictures offer ways to expand access to students as writers by providing scaffolds and inspiration.

Writers’ Club

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!

Perspectives Podcast with Stella Villalba

Stella Villalba discusses the importance of perspectives.

May 14, 2021: Perspectives

Perspectives is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Beyond Personal Narrative: A Change in Perspective

Cathy Mere nudges us to consider perspective as a craft move and provides a stack of mentor texts in this book list.

Mother Language Day and Tradition Presentations

Bitsy Parks shares special events that help students widen their scope of acceptance and appreciation for the differences among us.

Finding the Purpose in Antiracist Literature Instruction

Gretchen Schroeder shares her failures in preparing for antiracist literature instruction, and the principles she uses to empower meaningful conversations about race.

May 7, 2021: Connections

Connections is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Connections Podcast Brian Sepe

Brian Sepe discusses the importance of connections and mantras.

Finding a Way to Make Heterogeneous Grouping a Reality

Tammy Mulligan shares the vulnerable process of forming heterogeneous groups for book discussions.

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