Tips, Titles and Tools for Teachers
Resources for Writing Workshop
On September 22, there will be more than thirty authors at Nerdy Night with Authors in Freeport. I've attended this event for the last two years and it's amazing! You can bring your family with you, too! My kids love the chance to buy new books and meet some of our favorite authors. I hope to see some of you there!
In this week's newsletter, I have lots of mentor texts, professional books and new blog posts for writing workshop to share with you. Don't forget about International Dot Day on September 15!
September 15 is International Dot Day!
Don't forget to celebrate International Dot Day! There are lots of resources and ideas available at http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/get-inspired/making-a-mark.
You can even celebrate with Livestream on KidLit TV! Check out this link for more information about a neat opportunity!
A Moment In Time
A new mentor text perfect for introducing small moment writing!
This picture book is a classic mentor text for launching writers notebooks with your students!
This collection of small moment stories from author Ralph Fletcher is the perfect mentor text for upper elementary writers!
A great read aloud for emergent writers! A young boy wants to write a story but he doesn't know many words. With advice from his sister, he learns what we need to write our own perfect story.
How This Book Was Made
A fun book from Mac Barnett about the process of making a book! Students will learn the real process of how a book gets into a reader's hands with a little laughter and silliness along the way!
Ralph Tells A Story
Ralph Tells a Story is one of my favorite read alouds for writing workshop! Ralph doesn't have any stories to write, but with the help of his friends, he quickly discovers that a great story can be about something very little or just a small moment.
How This Book Was Made
My copy of this book is arriving on Tuesday. I can't wait to share it with you, as it sounds like the perfect read aloud for all classrooms.
Launching Your Writing Workshop
Enjoy this list of new blog posts from Two Writing Teachers related to launching your writing workshop! For more posts, visit https://twowritingteachers.org!
Fundamentals of Writing Workshop
(Don't miss the list of other blog posts about mentor texts at the end of the this post!)
Great Ideas for Writing Workshop
We know that students should spend at least half of our workshop time actually writing, but preserving this time is a common struggle (especially with the length of our lessons!). This blog post has a great list of tips to help protect student writing time!
Teaching Students to Self-Monitor
Teaching students to self-monitor is such a critical part of writing workshop. This blog post has a few ideas for fostering independence including co-creating a chart with workshop expectations and responsibilities with your students (see sample).
The share portion of the lesson is the easiest part to skip when we want to make sure that students have time to write or we want to get in just a bit more teaching. Lori Van Hoesen shares a few tips on the importance of protecting our sharing circle in this blog post.
The Writing Strategies Book
I'm hoping we can use this new book from Jennifer Serravallo during our team days as a resource to support our writing mini lessons!
Brian Kissell Book
This new book from Brian Kissel provides a great overview of the important components of our writing workshop and aligns well with Units of Study.
Georgia Heard's collection of Heart Map ideas is amazing! I'm looking forward to using some heart maps with our Title 1 readers this year. Come see me if you would like to check out this resource!