Julie Patterson


Conferring with Young Writers: 5 Quick Reminders

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.

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Now that’s a Story: Learn from a 1st Grade Writer

The story below is one of my favorites from our 2011 anthology, probably because I envy the author a bit. Click the video below to follow along as Cody reads it, then I’ll tell you why I’m jealous. Get the…

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Feed your writers’ notebooks this summer

Summer is a great time for teachers to “stock up” their writers’ notebooks. Not sure what to write? Here are three strategies to help get you thinking. Read more

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My 5 most frequently used notebook strategies

Images of dialogue recorded in Julie's notebooks

People always ask, “How do you come up with ideas for writing?” So I analyzed my writer’s notebook and identified my most frequently used strategies for recording, nurturing, and thinking about story content. Here’s what I found:

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