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Popular Topics: Teaching Writing

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! To get started learning about our latest discoveries, insights, and occasional bone-headed mistakes in teaching writing, click any link below.

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    More Productive Writing Workshops

    Melanie Meehan shares how everything from transitions to clutter can provide clues for how to increase student output and enjoyment.
     

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    Making Co-Teaching Work

    Kate Mills and Tara Barnett often write together about their experiences as co-teachers. They share their best advice for teachers and school administrators on how to make co-teaching partnerships between classroom teachers and special educators work.

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    Writing Empathy

    Dana Murphy explains why teachers can have true empathy with student writers only if they write themselves, and chronicles the difference between a typical and an empathetic response in a writing conference.

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    What Writers Need

    Mandy Robek commits to two weeks of focused daily writing, and then translates what she learns about what writers need to classroom practice.

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    Writing Effective Conclusions

    Anadiplosis, tricolon, syntax and such -- when Gretchen Schroeder's high school students are stuck in rhetorical ruts, she teaches them some new rhetorical tricks for crafting conclusions.

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    Using Mentor Texts Across the Writing Process

    Tara Barnett and Kate Mills describe how they use one mentor text, Owl Moon, to teach multiple lessons on craft during a writing unit.

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    Assessment Refresh

    Christy Rush-Levine considers how her rubrics do not acknowledge different levels of support some students need to accomplish tasks. She rethinks her rubric design to include support, and in the process fosters more independence and reflection in students.
     

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    Tools for Striving Writers

    Sometimes a student just. won't. write. Melanie Meehan shares her favorite tools in her bag of tricks to get the pencil or pen moving across the page.

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    Moves for Struggling Writers

    Here are Matt Renwick's three favorite moves for helping struggling writers.

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    Using Student Checklists in Literacy Intervention

    Stephanie Affinito explains how to use student checklists in literacy intervention.
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    Assessment During On-Demand Writing

    Tara Barnett and Kate Mills combine an engagement inventory and an on-demand writing assessment to get a full picture of skills and habits in their classroom community.
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    Giving Graphic Organizers a Go

    Mary Lee Hahn is skeptical about how her fifth-grade students might use graphic organizers. But once she tries them alongside students, she begins to see their utility.

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    Gradual Release of Responsibility in Small Groups

    Tara Barnett and Kate Mills develop a process of pre-assessment, careful planning, and systematic record keeping to up the value of their small groups.

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    Writing Share Structures

    Katrina Edwards moves her first-grade class out of a rut with writing shares by introducing many new options.

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    Lunchtime Storytelling

    Katrina Edwards dreads lunchtime with her first graders, until she makes a conscious effort to build storytelling skills and share experiences more thoughtfully within the group.

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    Using Stories to Launch Writers' Notebooks

    If you're looking for the perfect launch for writers' notebooks this school year, you might want to begin with story.  Tara Barnett and Kate Mills explain how.

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    Is Writing Essential?

    Ruth Ayres shares some of the powerful connections between stories and writing workshops.

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    Conferring with Spencer: Writing Notebook Topics (VIDEO)

    Katherine Sokolowski helps fifth grader Spencer brainstorm topics for his writing notebook.

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    School-to-Home Journals

    Are you considering school-to-home journals in your classroom this year? Jennifer Schwanke describes how these notebooks build community and literacy skills.

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    Dabbling: Reviving a Focus on Play

    Mary Lee Hahn finds a focus on play and "dabbling" renews student writers during a unit on narrative nonfiction.

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