Everyone who writes for Choice Literacy loves teaching writing, because we all write ourselves. We know it is "hard fun," as Donald Murray famously said—exasperating and exhilarating at the same time. The writing workshops you will read about here and see in our videos are busy, noisy, vibrant places. And most days, we wouldn't want to be anywhere else than in the midst of 'em! Here is where you'll find our latest discoveries, insights, and occasional boneheaded mistakes in teaching writing.
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.
In this video, Austin reads his writing and shares his next steps by self-recording a video to upload to the Learning Management System.
In this Quick Take video, Ruth Ayres shares different ways writers can enter a writing project.
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.
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.
Katherine Sokolowski shares a book list that inspires her to teach five different kinds of conflict.
Bitsy Parks reminds us of four key components of running a workshop and offers advice for making workshop work.
Ruth Ayres cautions us to not let our pet peeves get in the way when working with student writers.
Mandy Robek shares keys to knowing when to launch writer’s notebooks with primary writers.
Katherine Sokolowski combines personal narratives and comics to encourage students to go deeper in their storytelling.
Stella Villalba creates space for students to deeply notice the way artist Aminah Robinson uses images to share stories and testimonies.
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.
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.
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!
Gretchen Schroeder makes the leap to digital notebooks and finds new life in a tried-and-true practice.
Dana Murphy outlines the teaching practices that she learned from remote teaching and plans to carry with her upon returning to a physical classroom.
Melanie Meehan shares how a short dip into fan fiction can be a wonderful way to inject some play and raise engagement in writing.
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.
Tammy Mulligan offers tips for creating shared-writing texts online.
Bitsy Parks shares the ways in which class books help students work as readers and writers, as well as build a community.
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.
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