Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Great free resource - courtesy of e-School - Writing Across the Curriculum Series

Tikatok announces free ‘Writing Across the Curriculum’ content for educators

Tikatok.com, a children’s publishing platform owned by Barnes & Noble, has released the first item in a nine-part series of free content, called “Writing Across the Curriculum.” Designed for K-8 educators, the series contains writing guides with suggested activities, project ideas, student worksheets, and tips for teachers to promote the inclusion of writing across a variety of subject areas, including math, science, social studies, history, and art. Part one of the free series covers the writing process from start to finish—prewriting, writing, revising, proofreading, and publishing—and includes classroom activities, graphic organizers, and worksheets for teachers. The remaining eight parts will be released monthly throughout the 2011-12 school year. http://www.tikatok.com/writi

Monday, September 12, 2011

Anchor Books for Modeling Writer's Craft in Workshops, Coutesy of Choice Literacy

Here is a great article on anchor books for modeling and writers' notebooks,
Anchor Books for Modeling Writer's Craft in Workshops, Franki Sibberson.  It targets transitioning form primary to intermediate grades - a challenge for all of us. 

Following is a sample paragraph:
"I know the power of writer's notebooks, especially for students in the upper elementary grades. As Aimee Buckner tells us in Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook, "A writer's notebook gives students a place to write every day...to practice living like a writer." (p. 3) Even though I knew the power of notebooks, I also knew that I would have to work hard to help my students buy into a new kind of writing. How could I bridge the great work they had done in primary classes to new work that would help them grow as writers in the intermediate grades? As usual, I invited students to select notebooks that were the right fit for each of them. Kids brought in notebooks that were carefully selected and shared them with the class."
Take a few minutes and read the complete article.  It is applicable to many grade levels.  Enjoy!

The article is shared for public viewing by Choice Literacy.  Thank you, Brenda.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Despite lack of funding Corbett Harrison continues to share his lessons with us. Enjoy:}

...sharing thoughtful, mentor text-inspired lessons your students will love!

A message to all members of Writing Lesson of the Month Network

Hello, teachers and writers,

Even though school (for me) starts in late August, I always consider September 1 to be our official first day of real learning.  By 9/1 the paperwork is out of the way, we've done some get-to-know-you activities, and schedules have been adjusted and re-adjusted.  September 1st begins my introduction to writer's notebooks and writer's workshop.

The writing lesson and writer's notebook prompt of the month (posted here:  http://www.unr.edu/educ/nnwp/Mini_Lesson_of_the_Month_Club.html)  are ready to roll.  I hope you get as much use out of them as I plan to this year.

Mostly though, I hope your September 1st is a rewarding day for you and your writers!

--Corbett Harrison, WritingFix Webmaster
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