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Five Phrases That Should Be at the Top of Every Writer’s First Draft

Matt Renwick gives five phrases every writer should put at the top of a draft, and then explores the way doing so can help develop creativity.

Austin Makes Writing Plans

In this video, Austin reads his writing and shares his next steps by self-recording a video to upload to the Learning Management System.

Quick Take: How Do Writers Get Started?

In this Quick Take video, Ruth Ayres shares different ways writers can enter a writing project.

Helping Young Writers Make Plans

Tammy Mulligan promotes independence in her student writers by supporting them in creating writing plans. A download of a planning template is included so your students can create writing plans, too.

Ten Ways to Celebrate Writers

Jen Court gives 10 ways for students to share and celebrate their work as writers. Two downloads are included for you to use in your classroom.

Picture Books to Teach Conflict

Katherine Sokolowski shares a book list that inspires her to teach five different kinds of conflict.

Four Keys to Making Workshop Work

Bitsy Parks reminds us of four key components of running a workshop and offers advice for making workshop work.

Quick Take: Beware of Pet Peeves

Ruth Ayres cautions us to not let our pet peeves get in the way when working with student writers.

Reasons to Launch Writer’s Notebooks with Primary Writers

Mandy Robek shares keys to knowing when to launch writer’s notebooks with primary writers.

Supports for Our Youngest Writers

Cathy Mere identifies ways to support our youngest writers.

Combining Personal Narratives and Comics

Katherine Sokolowski combines personal narratives and comics to encourage students to go deeper in their storytelling.

Using Art to Bridge Storytelling

Stella Villalba creates space for students to deeply notice the way artist Aminah Robinson uses images to share stories and testimonies.

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.

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.

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!

Online Writing Notebooks

Gretchen Schroeder makes the leap to digital notebooks and finds new life in a tried-and-true practice.

COVID Silver Linings: Positive Changes in Teaching Practices

Dana Murphy outlines the teaching practices that she learned from remote teaching and plans to carry with her upon returning to a physical classroom.

Celebrating with Fan Fiction

Melanie Meehan shares how a short dip into fan fiction can be a wonderful way to inject some play and raise engagement in writing.

What Are You Celebrating Today?

Melissa Quimby leans in and asks her students to define their celebrations as writers. Rather than always naming the celebration for students, Melissa helps students gain ownership of the writing process by learning to celebrate every stage.

Tips for Creating Shared-Writing Texts Online

Tammy Mulligan offers tips for creating shared-writing texts online.

Class Books Build Readers, Writers, and Community

Bitsy Parks shares the ways in which class books help students work as readers and writers, as well as build a community.

Writing Joy: A Publishing Celebration

Bitsy Parks shares the celebration within the publishing process. Learn to find the joy in uplifting young writers’ approximations by sharing their works with a larger audience.

Four Notebook Pages to Scaffold Persuasive Writing

Ruth Ayres suggests four notebook pages to help students balance facts and emotions when writing persuasively.

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