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Object Poetry Lesson in Second Grade

Linda Karamatic explores poetry with her second graders. She displays poems students have written and teaches them about fresh language using a poem about a pencil sharpener.      ...

Grammar Instruction in Fourth Grade

Melanie Meehan coaches a fourth-grade teacher who is trying to improve his grammar instruction.  

Choose Your Own Grammar Adventure

It is winter. You are an English teacher, and you are starting to notice that lazy grammar errors are sneaking into your high school students’ writing. You review a few...

Inspiring Students to Revise

If I had a dollar, maybe even a quarter, for every time I heard a young student tell me they’re done with their writing piece, I think I could retire....

How to Write a Sentence

It was years ago that I sat with a stack of writing folders in front of me and delighted in reading the sweet stories that my first graders had chosen...

An Editing Strategy for Run-On Sentences

Yesterday, we pulled up next to Teddy to confer about the memoir he was writing. Teddy struggles with expressing himself in writing. He typically uses simple sentence structure and has...

Writing Workshop Bingo

On a warm afternoon, with windows open and a refreshing breeze circulating through the room, Jared raised his hand in the middle of our minilesson on how to craft a...

One Text, Many Lessons

During our prep for state testing, Alex wrote lead after lead in her on-demand narrative pieces that mimicked the structure and phrasing of Owl Moon. She knew the lead to...

The Importance of Context Minilesson

Christy Rush-Levine shares a vivid anecdote with her middle school students to highlight the importance of context in literary analysis.

Goals to Habits in First Grade

When I sat down to confer with Grace, I was surprised when the focus of the conversation quickly changed to my own reading, specifically a reading goal that I had...

Quick-Write with a Video Prompt

Katherine Sokolowski refreshes the quick-write routine in her fifth-grade classroom by using a video as a prompt.    

Independence in Writing Workshop

Writing workshop is a tricky thing. When all is going well, there is a sense of calm purpose in the air: the minilesson does not stretch into a maxilesson, and...

More Productive Writing Workshops

By early winter, many writing workshops have become humming hives of productivity and progress. But some haven't hit their groove. What to look for and what to do about those...

Better Writing Response Groups

Peer feedback is something we value for ourselves, and so we’re always looking for ways to improve the quality of feedback our students give and get. In middle school, we...

Teaching Revision in Middle School

The pre-assessment prompt for our first unit of writing reads, “Please keep in mind that you’ll have 45 minutes to complete this, so you will need to plan, draft, revise,...

Focused Revision: Introductions

As I sit at my computer, trying to start writing this article, each blink of the cursor on the blank white page is a recurring taunt of “Start! Start! Start!”...

Making Co-Teaching Work

For four years, we had the fortunate circumstance of being placed together as co-teachers in a fourth-grade classroom. For four years, we got the opportunity to know each other only...

Writing Empathy

I write stories about my daughters. Not made-up stories. Real stories about their childhood and our family. I write about Maddie’s first loose tooth and the way Katie always smells...

What Writers Need

A couple of summers ago I decided to be a writer full-time for two weeks. I woke up each day and headed to campus, filled with excitement, some anxiety, and...

Writing Effective Conclusions

This year I actually had a student ask me, “Do I have to write a conclusion? Can’t I just stop?” Besides making me laugh, this question stopped me cold for...

Using Mentor Texts Across the Writing Process

During our prep for state testing, Alex wrote lead after lead in her on-demand narrative pieces that mimicked the structure and phrasing of Owl Moon. She knew the lead to...