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Target Picture Writing to Improve Sentence Writing

Target Picture Writing to Improve Sentence Writing
Monday, October 25th, 2010

But don’t just tell students to draw with details, teach them how. There are several explicit lessons you could address within these first weeks of school. Take your time as you introduce these new concepts in lessons. Each idea might require more than a one-day mini-lesson. [read more...]


Summer To-Do List

Summer To-Do List
Monday, October 25th, 2010

As you look ahead to next school year, what organizational or curricular tasks do you want to tackle before the first day of school? Carry a shopping list. Organize mini-lessons. Find anchor papers. Create a start-up for your year. Identify core vocab. Clean up your computer. Identify a summer reading list. [read more...]


Organizing Your Anchor Paper Collection

Organizing Your Anchor Paper Collection
Friday, April 16th, 2010

You know how important it is to show authentic examples of student work to your class, but keeping track of why you kept a certain piece is tricky. We’ve all collected piles of papers from one year, and then wondered why in the world we wanted a particular piece when we looked at it the next year.[read more...]


Identify Expectations Through Anchor Papers

Identify Expectations Through Anchor Papers
Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Have you ever inquired about what to wear to an upcoming social event? Then, based on the person's response (e.g. dressy casual, comfy clothes, etc.), did it help you determine the level of formality? This is the notion of anchors or benchmarks. We do this in the real world to gauge expectations [read more...]


Reveal

Reveal "Good" Writing Before Students Write
Monday, March 23rd, 2009

No matter what grade-level you teach, no matter what the subject matter is, no matter what genre you are teaching -- you want to show students an example of a "good one" before they write. Besides just modeling a teacher example, reveal an actual student example or anchor [read more...]


Anchor Paper Websites

Anchor Paper Websites
Friday, June 6th, 2008

Check out the hot pink box labeled “Student Models.” This site offers anchors in all grade-levels. NOTE: Right under the “Student Models” button is one labeled “Publish It” for your students who might want to submit pieces of their own. [read more...]


Using Anchor Papers to Teach 6 Traits

Using Anchor Papers to Teach 6 Traits
Friday, May 30th, 2008

Have you ever tried to shoot a basket without ever seeing the hoop? Imagine doing this every time you write? Of course students will question if they wrote a “good one,” or if they accomplished what the teacher wanted, or if they are “done.” If they never see the target, how will they know if they hit it? [read more...]


Anchor Papers with Voice

Anchor Papers with Voice
Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Teachers are always asking for strong writing samples and anchor papers to utilize within the classroom. Throughout my travels last month, I collected several pieces from teachers who were excited to share their students’ writing successes. [read more...]


Getting Ready for the Next School Year

Getting Ready for the Next School Year
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

For those of you who have started a 6-Traits mini-lesson file, there is a good chance that lessons, anchor papers, handouts, and other resources have been piling up on your desk and nearby shelves. Now is the time to get them filed and sorted. [read more...]


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