Set Writing Expectations with a Parent Letter

Set Writing Expectations with a Parent Letter

To create an effective writing community, you need the understanding and cooperation of your students’ parents. Send a letter home early in the year letting them know how writing works in your classroom and how they can support their writers at home. For our...
Involve Parents in Student Literacy

Involve Parents in Student Literacy

We would all agree that the more involved a parent is in a child’s life, the more likely that child is to succeed in school. But parents don’t always know what to do. Many parents struggle with how best to help and would love some simple ways they could...
Notice Great Word Choice–Even at Home

Notice Great Word Choice–Even at Home

Many of you know that Kristina Smekens utilizes a purple highlighter to acknowledge great word choice within student writing. Since purple highlighters are a more obscure color to find, she knows most students don’t have access to them. So she uses this to her...
Teach Parents About the 6 Traits

Teach Parents About the 6 Traits

September, October, and November often include parent nights, open houses, and literacy celebrations. If you are looking to incorporate a 6-Traits focus during this year’s parent event, maybe one of the following ideas will be inspiring: 1. Focus on building a...