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Finding Writing Topics Your Students Love

In this video, Allison & Rebekah explain how simple it can be to get the creative juices flowing with inspiration from 'analysis in the wild'.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown May 31, 2018 10:57:27 AM

Why Not Teach Whole-Class Novels the Way They've Always Been Taught?

When teaching whole-class novels, Roberts continually asks two questions to determine if her teaching practice truly has students' interests in mind:  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Apr 30, 2018 9:20:53 AM

Poems Are Not Just Poems

In this video, Amy VanDerwater explains that if we are able to harness a love of poetry and use it as a way to demonstrate writing techniques across genres, students gain a better understanding of writing overall.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 29, 2018 1:14:00 AM

What Does Analysis Look Like in the Real World?

In this video, Allison & Rebekah explain how they've shied away from the bread and butter literary analysis approach, and instead push their students to write with passion and authority about topics they care about, effectively bringing their whole selves to their writing.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 27, 2018 6:46:00 AM

What Skills Can Poetry Teach Us?

Poetry is something that is happening now, everywhere, and we need to bring it into the classroom. In Poems Are Teachers, Amy introduces the skills and techniques involved in writing a poem and how it connects to writing across all genres.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 16, 2018 6:07:00 AM

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater on The Many Uses of Poetry

In her new book, VanDerwater argues that poems should be the backbone of writing instruction, instead of being swept under the carpet as an afterthought.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Dec 11, 2017 12:03:57 PM

What Kind of Writers Do We Hope To See In Our Classrooms?

What Kind of Writers Do We Hope To See In Our Classrooms?  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Jun 2, 2017 9:36:13 AM

Supporting Convention Work in the Units of Study: Punctuation and Spelling

Supporting Convention Work in the Units of Study: Punctuation and Spelling  (continue reading)
Brett Whitmarsh Dec 19, 2016 4:27:16 PM

Writing Masters: The Essentials of Writing Instruction With Lucy Calkins

Writing Masters: The Essentials of Writing Instruction With Lucy Calkins  (continue reading)
Digital Editor Nov 11, 2015 12:40:36 AM

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