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Lessons on Writing from a Clueless Shopper

by Jonathan Bush I’m a pretty good teacher of writing, but I’ll freely admit that I am one of the world’s worst grocery shoppers. I am easily distracted. I often have an interest in unique and useless items, and I’m apt to buy things that are often close to what we need, rather than the…

Teaching Writing: What is Your Story?

By Erinn Bentley and Becky Snow “People learn to write by writing.”  At first glance, this statement seems simple. Yet anyone who has struggled with a writing task, suffered from a case of writer’s block, or tried to teach writing knows this statement is anything but simple.  “People learn to write by writing” is one…

Happy New Year

All of us who work on Writers Who Care thank you for reading and sharing posts from 2015. We will begin our 2016 posting schedule on January 25th. Until then, we want to share with you some past entries that you may have missed. Enjoy! Cathy Fleischer, “Inspiring the Young Writers in Your Home” (originally…

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Nurturing Literacy, Not Test-Taking

By Dawn Kirby Literacy as Nurture: Learning, Improving, and Having Fun Try a mini-experiment. Think about activities in which you engage for fun, for pure joy and pleasure.  Mentally list a few. Now, consider these questions: Does anyone officially grade you on that activity? Are you required to write a paper about why you like…

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Revision Makes My Students Thirsty

by Noreen Moore On a crisp fall day after lunch, my fifth-grade students began working diligently to revise their narratives about our class trip to the pumpkin patch.  However, five minutes into our writer’s workshop, hands started going up with students who claimed they were either finished, needed to sharpen a pencil, get a drink…