Adjust the Writing Process for Digital Devices

Posted on October 22, 2019

Engaging students within the writing process often includes a variety of paper, pens, etc. However, these are all paper-based writing tools. Students also need to know how to execute the same steps when composing completely on a device.

Teach Conventions in Context

Posted on September 24, 2019

Literacy experts agree that grammar and mechanics should be taught in context. And while this concept is not unfamiliar to teachers, the logistics to pulling it off in the everyday classroom might be.

Execute the 3 Parts of a Writer's Workshop

Posted on August 13, 2019

The term "writer's workshop" describes how the writing block or class period is organized. It's a management system that comprises three components--each with a specific purpose.

Balance On-Paper and On-Screen Experiences

Posted on June 03, 2019

As access to technology continually increases, some teachers and administrators question if students should only read and always write digitally.

Adjust Conventions Expectations

Posted on March 05, 2019

As we teach the tools and rules of conventions, it's important to include something more than just the rules. Teach students how to adjust their conventions--to change their grammar and mechanics based on purpose and topic and writing process.

Execute Mini-Lessons in 4 Steps

Posted on March 01, 2019

All whole-class reading and writing skills should be executed in mini-lessons. Identify a single, small skill to teach within each short, 10 to 15-minute lesson. Lessons should be short or "mini" because students don't get better list

Create a Writing Curriculum of Mini-Units

Posted on March 01, 2019

Create mini-units to replace the "mother-lode" approach. This utilizes a spiral-instruction approach where students experience a particular type of writing in multiple, smaller doses.

Build Kid-Friendly Writing Rubrics

Posted on March 01, 2019

When generating a 6-Traits writing rubric for an upcoming assignment, consider building it with your students. Often teachers make a rubric on their own and then "go over" it with the kids.

Juggle Reader & Writer Workshops in 50 Minutes

Posted on March 01, 2019

For the departmentalized ELA teacher who is teaching both reading and writing in a short 50-minute period, scheduling can be a serious juggling act.Ideally, teachers should instruct on reading and writing every single day. However,

Identify Strong Word Choice with the Purple Highlighter

Posted on March 01, 2019

Provide students frequent feedback on their word choice. If teachers don't acknowledge the extra effort students make in selecting just the right word, why would they continue to strive for it.