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Work on Writing: End-of-the-Year Options

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Students will find it hard to be reluctant writers once they see all the possibilities open to them. 

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Supporting Writers as They Face the Blank Page

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Here is another lesson idea to help students who struggle when facing a blank page. 

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Preventing "I Don't Know What to Write About"

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Do your students often say, "I don't know what to write about"?  This quick, easy idea will get them writing in no time.

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Prompts or No Prompts for Writers?

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Here are some ideas to help students who are staring down at a blank page. 

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Research Reports

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A couple of ideas for student research reports.

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A Strategy to Support Students Who Struggle with Getting Ideas Down

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The sand timer strategy, which has been so successful with our barometer children during Read to Self, has proved to be valuable for a reluctant writer as well.

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May Writing Calendar

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A writing calendar comes in handy if writers get stuck and need a little outside inspiration. Here is the writing calendar for May.

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Informational Writing in First and Second Grade

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Karen Roberts is a master at scaffolding for her young learners. Here is how she supports young writers as they write informational stories.

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Journals That Engage Writers

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Allison Behne shares how her son's teacher inspired him to write through the use of a Student/Teacher journal.

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Mentor Texts for Acrostic Poems

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Poems of all kinds are woven into the fabric of my classroom throughout the year. One of my favorite forms is acrostic poetry. These two books serve as mentor texts and usually inspire students to produce a blitz of acrostic poetry.

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February Writing Calendar

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A writing calendar is one thing Allison offers her children as a way to find a writing topic when they are stuck.  Here is the February calendar.

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3 Kindergarten Writers Share

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Three students share after a Daily 5 writing round.  This is a wonderful opportunity for a quick brain break before diving into the next focus lesson. 

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Young Writers–Adding Details

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This simple lesson will help our youngest learners elevate their level of writing by adding details.

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Writing Ideas Calendar for November

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Daily 5 is all about choice, but choosing not to write is never an option. Allison has come a one way to support students who get truly stuck once in awhile.

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Narrowing the Teaching Focus with a Kindergartener

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Young writers have so many things to think about as they get their ideas on paper. You'll enjoy seeing an example of this truth as you watch Joan confer with Amber.

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Generating Ideas for Work on Writing–Five Ideas

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Here are five different ideas Jen McDonough uses in her classroom for supporting students who don't know what to write about.

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Thoughts About Writing Prompts

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Writing prompts are not the best way to support growing writers.  

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Modeled Writing and Heart Words

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We recognize the power of real modeling, so here is your chance to see Joan in action with her little ones.

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Writing Conference Focused on Goals in Kindergarten

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Joan checks in with Maxwell, a kindergartener, to see how well he is doing at his goals of writing more and underlining words he isn't sure about. 

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Writer's Notebooks–Introducing Happenings

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Our writers have three sections in their writer's notebooks: Things they want to remember from writing lessons, small moment ideas, and today they'll be introduced to Happenings which are broad topics that are rich in writing material.

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What to Write in the Writing Notebook

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"I don't know what to write about". "I don't have anything to write about". How many times have you heard those words? Gail addresses the dilemma by modeling how to come up with topics.

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Four Suggestions for Supporting Poetry Writing in the Classroom

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Despite how daunting it can feel to begin a poetry unit with children, Jen McDonough has discovered that young children are natural poets!

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Multiple Writing Strategy Instruction with a Small Group

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This small group lesson guides children in utilizing various writing strategies.

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Writing and Word Choice by Tuning In to Interesting Words

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The vocabulary strategy of Tune In to interesting words is also a great strategy for Word Choice is writing  Listen in as Gail works on both of these strategies.

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100 Colors, 100 Writings, 100 Days

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Sometimes writing calls for a little inspiration with children and for ourselves.

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