Fiction writing is neglected in English classes everywhere for many reasons. We don't have enough time. Or we are afraid students might produce pages and pages and pages and we feel too guilty about not reading all of those pages! Or maybe some of us don't do it because we feel it's just not academic enough... In the TED Talk I've included below, Ken Robinson talks about the … [Read more...] about We Need to Stop Neglecting Fiction
Make Writing Fun
The end of the school year can be chaotic, so keeping students engaged and having fun is incredibly important. I have used the project detailed here every year I've taught and it never fails to keep students loving their school work and writing until the very end. Here are the steps to get this project rolling... 1. Activate Prior Knowledge Explain that it is fun to … [Read more...] about Encyclopedia Memoirs: The Best Way to End a School Year!
Welcome back! This is part three of a series revealing the truth about writing with mini lessons! In each blog post I provide a mini lesson you can use with your class to discuss topics all students think about but rarely get the chance to talk about in their writing classrooms. Click part one & two below if you missed them... Part One: Why Your Writing … [Read more...] about How to Support Your Writing Haters
Welcome back for part two of this three part series revealing the truth about writing with mini lessons! In each blog post I provide a mini lesson you can use with your class to discuss topics all students think about but rarely get the chance to talk about in their writing classrooms. Here's the run down of the series... Part One: Why Your Writing is Not Very Good Awful Part … [Read more...] about The Truth About Writing Part Two
Are you a writing teacher who wants to instill a love of writing in your students but aren't sure how? Yes, teaching standards is important and students need to be college and career ready, but that doesn't mean we have to suck the fun out of writing, does it!?!? In this post learn the ways teachers kill a love of writing, (don't worry I'm guilty too) and simple ways to … [Read more...] about 8 Ways Teachers Kill a Love of Writing in Their Classrooms