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5 Ways to Differentiate for Stronger Writers

  We’ve all been there before.  Most of your class doesn’t seem to have a clue what you’re teaching, but then you’ve got 2-3 students that are sailing along.  They’re moving and shaking in Writing Workshop. They take what you teach and somehow make it look even...

Quick Tip to Teach Paraphrasing in Writing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y4k_XglNjs Around this time of year, you may be in test prep mode and your students are getting antsy.  Plus it’s later in the year, so you need some engaging lessons to keep your kids writing.  We all know how important it is to keep...

How to Teach Elaboration in Writing

-Does any of this sound familiar? If you're reading this post, I bet so.  When we say "add more details" - what exactly does that mean? Do you know? Do your students know? Maybe, possibly, but we all know that doesn't help a child understand their next steps.  Part of...

How to Differentiate in Writing Workshop

Welcome to the final week of the Summer Writing Series.   But don’t fret, we’ll have plenty of writing topics to cover all year long.  We have only touched on the basics of getting Writing Workshop up and running in your classroom.   Today we are diving into the...

How to Create Independence in Young Writers

  As teachers, we want the best for our young writers.  We want them to grow, flourish, and enjoy writing.   We want them to have the confidence and motivation to continue writing and do their best work.  Creating independence can be a tricky task.  When done...

How to Integrate Writing Across Content Areas

Last week in our Summer Writing Series, we discussed how to plan writing workshop.  The week before that we talked about how to tackle the issue of time (or lack thereof) in Writing Workshop.  This is the perfect segue into this week’s topic of integrating writing...

How to Plan Your Writing Workshop

Planning your Writing Workshop is no easy feat.  With a limited amount of time and a wide range of moving parts, having a great game plan is essential to teach writing well.  In the past two weeks of the Summer Writing Workshop Series, we have covered how to keep your...