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The Beauty of Understanding Sentence Focus

Understanding the importance of Sentence Focus can free you from some of your greatest anxieties, both about your students’ abilities and your own.  (continue reading)

Elevating Craft and Process Studies

To support children in becoming strong, confident writers, we need to engage them in different types of meaningful studies within and across grade levels.  (continue reading)

On the Podcast: Revisiting Narrative Writing with Liz Prather

Narrative plays a bigger role in how we communicate than we give it credit for...  (continue reading)

The Importance of Working Within a Unit of Study

The word unit implies that we have goals we are working toward. But the word study is just as important.  (continue reading)

On the Podcast: Carl Anderson Interviews Ralph Fletcher

Today on the podcast we’re examining the relationship between photography and writing.  (continue reading)

Creating Tension in Nonfiction

When writing nonfiction, we have the whole gamut of narrative techniques at our disposal, but we aren’t just telling a story.  (continue reading)

Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Sentence

The ability to manipulate phrase and clause structures is the very essence of what makes a skilled, confident writer.  (continue reading)

On the Podcast: Writing Between the Commas with Martin Brandt

How do you feel about grammar? For many of us, it was a frustrating exercise that kept writing inaccessible.   (continue reading)

The Camera as a Writer's Notebook

Comparing a writer’s notebook to a collection strikes a chord with kids, many of whom are collectors themselves.  (continue reading)

Examining the 'How' and 'Why' in Writing

As they read, it’s important for students to get in the habit of asking not what, what, what, but why and how...  (continue reading)

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