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Genius Hour + Writing Workshop: Broadening the Definition of “Research”

This semester I’m sharing my experiment with bringing Genius Hour into my writing workshop. You can catch up on the rest of the series here. I don’t have many crystal-clear high school English class memories, believe it or not, but one of them is sitting in the library with my 11th grade class, a stack […]

Summer Reading for Writing Teachers: Welcome to the Writing Workshop

Ever since I read Write Beside Them, I have been on the hunt for the perfect primer to writing workshop — the big, broad strokes. The definitions of all the workshoppy words in one place. Ideas for how to set up the classroom. The gist of what a mini-lesson should sound like and what students should […]

Mentor Text Wednesday: Sincerely Yours, The Breakfast Club

Mentor Text: The Breakfast Club’s letter from The Breakfast Club Techniques:  Self-expression Choosing Form Collaboration Background: This time around, I have something different for you. In our English department, we teach thematically. Each course has an overarching theme which connects the things we do. It’s a wonderful way to organize a course, and has paid numerous dividends over […]

100 Days of Summer Writing 2019: A Call for Mentor Texts

Friends, it’s almost time. Moving Writers is hosting its second annual 100 Days of Summer Writing — a mentor-text driven writing exploration for teachers and students alike! But we need your help! We need to compile (at least) 100 mentor-text-inspired writing invitations! And we want YOU to contribute a verse! Here’s how: Find some mentor […]

Summer Reading for Writing Teachers: Teaching Writers to Reflect

Not every administrator “gets” writing workshop (she says laughing at the biggest understatement ever). But a couple years ago, one of my admins, who didn’t really “get” writing workshop, complimented our program saying, “Well, I’ll tell you this. These are the most reflective students we have ever had. They can write reflectively for pages!” While that’s […]

TFMTF: Thanos, Endgame, and other Writing “Marvels”

I’ve been a film fanatic since college, so my Twitter feed has a disproportionate share of film criticism amidst all the excellent educator voices.  One of the better sites I’ve discovered for film coverage is Film School Rejects (Twitter handle: @oneperfectshot). They often just tweet singular frames from films which makes for great visual analysis […]

The Closet Project: Awakening Possibilities With Authentic Writing

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know that I am a big advocate of creating authentic writing opportunities for students without losing the rigor of academic assignments.  This is especially important for students who struggle with writing; real scenarios can give them the push they need to become motivated and invested in […]