What Summer Writing Looks Like in Our House

By Anne Elrod Whitney, Ph.D. Our summer is underway, and all around us families are making plans, changing routines, looking back at the just-past school year and thinking in a vague, anticipatory kind of way to the next one. These are the days when saying “I’m going into _th grade” still sounds new and grown-up…

What Summer Writing Looks Like in Our House

By Anne Elrod Whitney, Ph.D. Our summer is underway, and all around us families are making plans, changing routines, looking back at the just-past school year and thinking in a vague, anticipatory kind of way to the next one. These are the days when saying “I’m going into _th grade” still sounds new and grown-up…

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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…

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School Writing Vs. Authentic Writing

by Ken Lindblom Many students dislike writing in school, and it’s no wonder.  Five-paragraph essay formats, predictable essay questions on books they didn’t choose to read, all written for a teacher (or faceless exam scorer) who knows more about the subject than they do.  Who would find this “schoolish writing”–as Anne Elrod Whitney has called…

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I Teach Readers and Writers, Not Reading and Writing

by Matthew T. Meldrum In the summer of 2012, I was at a crossroads in my teaching career. I was responsible to write curriculum, but when I looked over the template provided, I realized something wasn’t sitting right. I had just returned from the Heart of Texas Writing Project Summer Institute, the Austin site of…