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Guiding Your Students to Become "Real" Authors Using the Six Traits

Do your students' hands shoot up the minute you share a writing prompt? Do they comment with, "I don't know what to write!" Well, this post is for you! Check out these tips for teaching the Six Writing Traits.

The day is going to be perfect. You've got an amazing lesson prepared for writing. You've pulled a wonderful mentor text, have stopping points mapped out, and your questions ready to roll. You have your students full attention, and all is clicking. And then you share the prompt you want your students to write about...duh, duh, duh...CLUNK! The looks become mixed. Some are still raring to go, while others look at you like you have two heads. And then, you hear it. "EXCUSE ME MRS. SO AND SO.  I don't know what to write! I'm stuck!" Well, the problem is real for your kids. In fact, for some, it may be a crisis moment, but I hope that you'll read on for ways to work this out.

Vocabulary Instruction...What, Why, How, and When

Are you unsure which words to teach or how to best teach them? This post explains best practices in vocabulary instruction.
Words...big words...little words...all words have power. Sometimes, we carefully choose them to say or write something in a very specific way. Sometimes, we are playful with our language to get a good laugh. Sometimes, we are brief and just get to the point, but at all times, our words carry meaning, and teaching students new words is so, so important. Vocabulary instruction helps our students access more difficult texts, improve their writing craft, and speak in a more sophisticated way. 

In today's post, I'll be reviewing word selection, research points, and recommended activities. 

Why Writing *Must* Be Part of your DAILY Routine

Writing has a strong connection to reading growth and achievement. Find out why in this post by Comprehension Connection.

If your day is busy, and you're pinched for time, what do you eliminate from the schedule? Do you snip a few minutes from each lesson? Maybe you divide a lesson across two days? Perhaps you remove a lesson from the list? Whatever you do, do not short change writing, and here's why...

Word Study for the Within Word Stage Speller

The within word spelling stage is the focus of this post. It includes managing groups, weekly routines, and activities for within word spellers. It will help you get started.

Quote for the Day

"Sometimes I spell words so wrong that even 
auto-correct is like, "I've got nothing man!"

If we can just get students to understand patterns, they will never have this difficulty, right? That's the goal of the Within Word Stage and the focus of today's post.

Reading Games to Motivate Your Readers

Reading games provide excitement, motivation, and skill building. They're perfect for small group instruction and whole group review. Check out this post to learn about ways you can use games for your instruction.

I haven’t met a kid who doesn’t like to play, so it makes sense to use games as learning tools in the classroom. Games are fun and interactive. They help motivate students to become better readers. These games can be used along with online reading games in addition to direct instruction and reading with varied texts for a balanced reading experience.  


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