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1. How I Became An Author

Ralph Fletcher, who is a beloved trade and professional book author, steps into our Author Spotlight.

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2. Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

Welcome back everybody for another fantastic Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge! Write a story on your own blog. Leave a link to your story here, in the comment section. Then comment on… Continue reading

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3. #TWTBlog 3.0

It's my pleasure to announce the classroom teachers who will join our co-author team!

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4. Writing Workshop Supply List: 10 Things to Scrounge for Over the Summer

The summer is the perfect time to start stocking up on the things you really need. Whether you are hoping to get materials donated, or you teach in a community where families can provide a few things for your students, or you are planning to do some good old fashioned scrounging, this list can help you strategize a plan for materials.

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5. A Virtual Publishing Celebration

It's hard to have a publishing celebration for people who live miles apart from you. Therefore, a virtual publishing party is the best I can do for Anna and Beth today. Please stop by to leave a congratulatory comment for them since their books have been published.

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6. The Reading Strategies Book + Giveaway

A little peek inside the final chapter of THE READING STRATEGIES BOOK and a giveaway!

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7. Learning from the Summer Institute via #tcrwp

I was not able to attend the Writing Institute at TC this week, but I was able to live and learn vicariously through a steady stream of Tweets and blog posts - teachers are nothing if not generous with their learning...

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8. Four Books for Your Summer Reading List

These four titles are inspirational and useful resources for teachers. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win one of them.

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9. How NOT to Publish a Picture Book.

Author/illustrator Val Jones's first picture book, Who Wants Broccoli? was released earlier this month. She tells us about her path to publication in today's Author Spotlight post.

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10. Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

Welcome back everybody for another fantastic Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge.

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11. Organize Your Classroom: Getting Rid of Stuff Feels Good

What would it look like if you were to make your classroom a "minimalist classroom?" A classroom where you only kept the things you actually use, and you gave away the rest to someone else in need?

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12. How To Write “Long” About Reading

This statement is sticking with me following a session at a conference with Kate Roberts. As I prepare for the next school year I am thinking, processing and evaluating where I am in… Continue reading

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13. Our End Of The Year Family Writing Celebration

I teach writing very differently from the way in which I was taught writing. I suspect that many of the parents of my sixth graders feel the same way when their kids come home with stories about mini lessons, mentor texts, and genre studies. “What do all these terms mean anyway?” they must wonder, “and exactly how do they advance my kid’s writing?”.

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14. Sustaining a Writing Habit

Do you need help sustaining a writing habit? Take a lesson from Jerry Seinfeld & "don't break the chain."

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15. Blogging Through the Day

Join me in Warsaw as I blog through the day at the ALL WRITE!!! conference.

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16. Being an Illustrator on Both Sides of the Fence

Mike Curato, author and illustrator of the Little Elliot books, steps into TWT's Author Spotlight today.

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17. Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

Join us! If you're new to our community, you'll love reading what other educators have written.

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18. Nature Writing for All Ages and Stages

In our family, bringing along a small notebook or a journal when we travel has become a tradition. Maybe you'll make it part of your summer plans as well.

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19. Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

"Allow beauty to shatter you regularly. The loveliest people are the ones who have been burnt and broken and torn at the seams yet still send their open hearts into the world to mend with love again, and again, and again. You must allow yourself to feel your life while you’re in it." -Victoria Frederickson

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20. Third Grade Writing Units of Study – A First Look

Our guest blogger takes a look at the 3rd grade Units Of Study

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21. What Gifted Writers Need

These young students come to me ready to write. They just need permission.

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22. Diving Into Kidblogs

As the year winds down, I am reflecting on our classroom blogging experience and what I've learned.

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23. The Importance of the Notebook

My hope is that my students leave knowing more about themselves as writers and as people...that they have used the pages of their notebook to find answers to questions. Have you written in your notebook today?

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24. Summer Writing Goals

This year, they were going to be the first group of 5th graders to break the summer curse.

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25. Art Journaling – A Summer Holiday Writing Idea

Are you worried about how much learning loss in writing will greet you after the summer break? Has your idea bank of ideas to gone dry?

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