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Tag Archives: Writing
I am pleased to share another FREE video training module! This SELF-PACED 32-minute video training module addresses the following topics: How we teach writing at Great Oaks Legacy Charter Schools What to STOP doing Seven principles for effective grammar/writing instruction … Continue reading
Let’s say you’re teaching online with Zoom and you want to help students improve their writing. Let’s say you have 25 students—7th graders—who are reading Frederick Douglass’s 1845 memoir, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, and … Continue reading
[The original version of this post can be found here.] In New Jersey, where I live and work, the state’s most recent test specs for NJSLA (formerly known as PARCC and quite honestly the same test with a different name) … Continue reading
[The original version of this post can be found here. I’ve added some new resources and updated explanations.] As many of you know, I have written numerous posts on how to teach literary analysis writing HERE. You will want to … Continue reading
Hi, all—I’ve been working in the field with teachers, testing out lessons based on my book USING GRAMMAR TO IMPROVE WRITING. I’m excited to report that these lessons are WORKING! When asked to reflect on “What surprised you about this … Continue reading
Whether you are in the throes of “test prep season” or not, it’s important to teach students how to take effective notes (i.e., brief and suited to the question at hand) and turn those notes into sentences (then paragraphs and … Continue reading
[This post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb.] By Sarah Tantillo with Bianca Licata Probably the most common problem we see in students’ writing at every level is their struggle to explain. Even students who can generate a … Continue reading
[This post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb.] One of the most common concerns I hear from ELA teachers is “I want to teach grammar, but I’m not sure how to fit it in.” This post explains a … Continue reading
Following up on my recent post about writing feedback in general, this post offers two tools targeting NARRATIVE writing specifically. As I’ve said many times before, I don’t believe in “peer editing,” which strikes me as “the blind leading the … Continue reading
Friends: As a result of popular demand, I’ve added a new page to The Literacy Cookbook Website: “Mentor Texts.” This page (found under “Reading” and “Writing” because it applies to both!) curates excellent models of writing that I come across … Continue reading