Tag Archives: Writing

PARCC RST Prep: How to Connect Note-taking to Sentence Writing

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

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How to Help Students Explain Their Ideas in Writing

[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

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How to Blend Grammar into Daily ELA Instruction

[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

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Narrative Writing Feedback Tools

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

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MENTOR TEXTS: A New Page on The Literacy Cookbook Website!

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

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Feedback That Saves Time and Improves Student Writing

[This post, drawn largely from Using Grammar to Improve Writing: Recipes for Action, originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb.] One of my deepest regrets about my teaching career is how much time I wasted on grading papers. I … Continue reading

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Another Cool Resource: C-SPAN!

Until very recently, I thought of C-SPAN as merely a government cable channel, a place to see the ongoing proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. So: ho hum. Not my favorite channel. But it turns out … Continue reading

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CONTENT-BASED RESOURCES: PBS Learning Media

Every once in a while, I come across a Website that has so many resources on it that I am flabbergasted and not even sure how to describe it. PBS Learning Media is such a Website. No matter what grade … Continue reading

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How to Incorporate Grammar into Your Curriculum

As we approach summer—or what I like to call “curriculum writing season”—we have an opportunity to reflect and improve upon the work we’ve done this year. Writing or revising curriculum enables us to strengthen instruction. To that end, I’d like … Continue reading

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Friends, For the entire month of June, you can get 10% off on print copies of Using Grammar to Improve Writing on BookShop with the coupon code UsingGrammar10 here! (Note: This coupon works for every copy you purchase!) Also: as … Continue reading

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