Entries related to: writing

Bringing Joy to Grammar and Editing Lessons!

“I’m not looking forward to the BORING grammar lesson today,” moaned my intern teacher, Gina,...

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My Salute to English Teachers

In 1949, when I was twenty-one years old, I took a creative writing course at the New School in...

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Reach Your Students With Poetry (No, Really!)

April is National Poetry Month, and unfortunately, poetry has a bit of an optics problem.

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Teaching About Teaching: Using Narratives to Share What You Know

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Do the Write Thing: Working to Stop Violence Through Writing

Editor's Note: Hear more about this program from Executive Director Basma Rayess in our...

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Should Cursive Be Saved?

Recently, I asked one of my students if I could use his reading notebook so that another student...

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#WhyIWrite

On October 20th, as part of the National Day on Writing, educators and students across the...

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Literacy in the Digital Age: 5 Effective Writing Tools

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Harness the Power of Writing in Math

I've always been an English-Language Arts kinda guy. Math was never my forte. When I learned...

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Five Ways To Encourage Summer Reading and Writing

Editor's Note: This post was updated on May 30, 2017

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Finish the Year Strong By Analyzing Student Writing

 Setting aside time to discuss student writing can be hugely informative...and a lot of fun!

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The Usual Suspect: Solving the #1 Problem in Argument Writing

I hope my previous blog convinced you that teaching argument writing should be your number one...

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Join the Theme Team: Making DBQ Work in Middle School

For me, DBQ has been the best way for me to blend my reading and writing instruction.  In the...

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Writing Fluency: A Key to Success on Next Generation Assessments

"If you can read everything your students write, you're not assigning enough writing" - Doug...

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Argument Writing: 4 Reasons Why It's Writing Priority Number One

You probably don't need me to tell you that argument writing is a hot topic in education -- it...

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Argument Writing--Where Do We Stand?

Ironically, it’s a recent morning where no students were present that has me so excited about...

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Building Writing Fluency: A Simple Routine for Any Classroom

“If you can read everything your students write, you’re not assigning enough writing”- Doug...

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4 Reasons Argument is Priority #1

 Do Now: Is this image an appropriate depiction of an argument? What would your students draw if...

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DBQ....Not Just Another Acronym

So much has been written about the Common Core lately and yet, I find myself constantly...

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Tips to Bring Novel Writing to Elementary Students

When I taught first grade, I would tell my students at the beginning of the year, "This year...

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