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To Make a Prairie

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A blog about reading, writing, teaching and the joys of a literate life...

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Matters of Consequence

Matters of Consequence | Leaves | Scoop.it

If you were to say to the grown-ups: “I saw a beautiful house made of rosy brick, with a geranium in the windows and doves on the roof,” they would not be able to get any idea of that house at all." 

 

This blog so beautifully illustrates our battle as teachers and simply explores the dichotomy we face each day using one of the most effective weapons known to mankind, the power of story.

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Spritz is a wonderful reading tool

Spritz is a wonderful reading tool | Leaves | Scoop.it
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How to Plan a Minilesson from Scratch

How to Plan a Minilesson from Scratch | Leaves | Scoop.it
Minilessons are actually really easy to plan, and fun to teach. What? You don't believe me? Let me show you, right now, how to do it.
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A Collection of Examples of Classroom Blogs

A Collection of Examples of Classroom Blogs | Leaves | Scoop.it
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Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop + 6-Trait Writing: First Rubric Complete!

Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop + 6-Trait Writing: First Rubric Complete! | Leaves | Scoop.it
I've been planning to attempt to put together the Lucy Calkins units for writing workshop with 6-trait writing for quite awhile now.  I love how Lucy's units are organized and have a focus of getti...
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A Year of Reading: A Book for All Writers

A Year of Reading: A Book for All Writers | Leaves | Scoop.it
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Understanding the Essence of a Close Read

Understanding the Essence of a Close Read | Leaves | Scoop.it
In this post, we remind teachers to remind students that at the heart of reading is meaning making.
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George Ferris: What a Wheel by Barbara Lowell

George Ferris: What a Wheel by Barbara Lowell | Leaves | Scoop.it
Recommended Grades: 4-6 An informational book about George Ferris and his journey to build a large moving wheel for the World's Fair in Chicago, the Ferris Wheel.  Lesson Idea: Mentor Text: Compari...
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Where Have All the Readers Gone?

Where Have All the Readers Gone? | Leaves | Scoop.it
On those days when book writing is hard, I sometimes sneak over to twitter and blogs to feel both distracted and connected. And last month I noticed that many educators were passionately tweeting a...
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Top Ten Books We’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Historical Fiction

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Who's doing the thinking?

Who's doing the thinking? | Leaves | Scoop.it
Over the summer, I’ve been doing some literacy work with an educational consulting group here in Boston — we’re taking some of their existing professional development (PD) and classroom tools and modifying them to better address the Common Core. Last week, I went with some other members of the team to a PD session for …
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Writing Centers to Organize All Your Materials

Writing Centers to Organize All Your Materials | Leaves | Scoop.it
Every year, around this time, I start having dreams about setting up my classroom. In the classroom of my dreams, I'm moving around small circular tables, unfurling a brand new rug for the meeting ...
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5 Secrets to Great Meeting Areas

5 Secrets to Great Meeting Areas | Leaves | Scoop.it
Are you looking to make the most out of your classroom's meeting area? Find out how to create and maintain a meeting area that will function as the focal point of your writing workshop.
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My Teacher Is a Monster: A Sweet Modern Fable About Seeing Through the Otherness of Others

My Teacher Is a Monster: A Sweet Modern Fable About Seeing Through the Otherness of Others | Leaves | Scoop.it
A gentle illustrated reminder that we can't love what we don't know.

"Love," wrote Leo Tolstoy in his poignant letters to Gandhi on why w
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Lucy Calkins on Minilessons

Lucy Calkins explains why the writing workshop puts an emphasis on minilessons and how to mine minilessons for their instructional value.
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Get Students Excited to Revise

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Writing History in Many Forms

Writing History in Many Forms | Leaves | Scoop.it
Want some fresh ways to channel your students to write about history? This post offers some light and fast tips that could easily be turned into weighty and meaningful instruction.
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A Book for All Readers

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How do you keep up? Part 3

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Visual Writer Introductions

Visual Writer Introductions | Leaves | Scoop.it
Fostering a nurturing writing community at the beginning of the school year means taking the time to build a community of writers. Here's an artistic way you can have students introduce themselves,...
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Channeling Your Inner Nerd with Donalyn Miller

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A Writing Mini Lesson for the Beginning of the School Year

A Writing Mini Lesson for the Beginning of the School Year | Leaves | Scoop.it
In this post, we share a lesson that can be used to help launch the writer's workshop at the beginning of the year.
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brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson | Leaves | Scoop.it
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Using Evernote to Confer with Writers

Using Evernote to Confer with Writers | Leaves | Scoop.it
Today's guest blog post by Cathy Mere will help you jump on the electronic record-keeping bandwagon. Learn how to use Evernote to keep conferring notes on all of your students.
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The Importance of Talk Within the Workshop Process

The Importance of Talk Within the Workshop Process | Leaves | Scoop.it
Writing is hard. Letting our ideas float in the space around us makes the words come to the page more easily.
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Setting up the Writer’s Notebook for a Year of Writing

Setting up the Writer’s Notebook for a Year of Writing | Leaves | Scoop.it
  Welcome back, readers!  We have returned from our July break refreshed and ready for a new school year of sharing ideas, resources,  and teaching practices here at Two Writing Teachers. For ...
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