Monday, December 24, 2012

A great resource for teachers and students!

Project culminates with student-written books being published
Elementary-school students in a Kansas district recently received hardbound copies of books they wrote as part of a creative-writing project. Students were at the center of each step in the writing process, beginning with brainstorming. While learning lessons in grammar and vocabulary, students wrote fiction, poems and other works, said Erica Seals, the third-grade teacher overseeing the project. The books were published by Studentreasures Publishing, which provides a free copy of students' work and makes additional copies available for purchase. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (12/18)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Writing plays a key role in CCSS -courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Webinar: Using formative assessment to meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards, part one
Next Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. EST, ASCD author and faculty member Nancy Frey will host a free ASCD webinar on how to connect formative assessment practices to the instructional shifts of the Common Core State Standards. Frey will share strategies and discuss how to ensure students are advancing toward the goals of the new English language arts and literacy standards. Additional webinars in the ASCD Common Core Webinar Series are available free of charge on the ASCD website.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Fluency Must be Established Before Craftsmanship Can Be Achieved- courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

How to help students learn to write through practice:

Students must practice writing in short, daily exercises to develop the fluency needed to become better at writing formal, graded papers, says high-school English teacher Mary Tedrow, one of three educators who contributed to this blog post. One writing exercise Tedrow suggests is to lecture for five to nine minutes, have students write notes for that lecture and then have students read it to a class partner. Tedrow also says students will be less reluctant to write when the subjects are familiar.
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This news summary appeared in ASCD SmartBrief on 11/26/2012
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