Originally published in April 2015 and updated this month, teacher/consultant Mary Roderique and I offer five quick reminders and how-tos for conferring in writing workshop.
With Katherine Bomer's book Hidden Gems in mind, I take a close look at a text by an upper grade student and offer my analysis of what's going well, what I'd teach next. Read more
Check out the poetry module I created for the Indiana Partnership for Young Writers' website for a step-by-step tour of how you might teach this unit of study. Sample mini-lessons, noticing charts, conferring videos, conferring notes and more are included—many from my own classes. Also includes "Teacher Try-Its" to help you fill your own writer's … Continue reading A Unit of Study in Poetry
As promised, this week I'm diving deeper into the subject of a story's climax. When I first read stories with students and ask them to identify the climax, they tend to point to a small amount of text, often two sentences or less. This is one of a handful of common phenomena that still baffles … Continue reading Hold Readers at a Climax
Readers and writers have strong - and disparate - opinions about the "right" way to read a poem. Worse yet, there's wide disagreement among accomplished and highly educated poets, too. There's really only one point we all agree on - poems are meant to be read aloud. Beyond that, it gets dicey, but here are … Continue reading How to Read a Poem
I recently analyzed my writer’s notebooks and wrote the this article for the Indiana Partnership for Young Writers. It provides a little glimpse into my notebooks and the kinds of things I store in there. Julie's 5 Most Recently Used Notebook Strategies