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Personal Narrative in Being a Writer: Telling the Stories of Our Lives

Sometimes students struggle with examining their lives in the deep and powerful manner it takes to write effective personal narratives. One of my students, Laura, exclaimed in frustration one afternoon, “Mrs. D., you have 50+ years of memories. I only have 11. How can I reflect like you do?”

May 9, 2022  |  By Kathy King-Dickman
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Leader Spotlight: Paula Kavalec, Principal, Falcon Elementary School, Colorado Springs, CO

We are noticing that Collaborative Classroom programs are aligned with developmentally appropriate approaches, and our students are developing a strong reading foundation due to the explicit instruction and a variety of opportunities to apply skills.

Mar 29, 2022  |  By Andreia Simon
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The Power and Joy of Following the Opinion Writing Units Found in Being a Writer —Part Two

In Part One of this two-part blog series, I discussed the importance of teaching students the Opinion Writing genre and explored the goals of the Being a Writer Opinion…

Mar 24, 2022  |  By Kathy King-Dickman
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The Power and Joy of Following the Opinion Writing Units Found in Being a Writer— Part One

Children love to voice their opinions, and when taught how, will often share them in writing. Some will even share their written viewpoints with very little instruction or…

Mar 3, 2022  |  By Kathy King-Dickman
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Being a Writer Educator Spotlight: Lindsay Young, North Branch, MI

In this spotlight, we highlight Lindsay Young, third grade language arts teacher at North Branch Elementary School, Michigan. Lindsay has been implementing Being a Writer for two years…

Feb 8, 2022
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Facing the Shadows, Moving Toward Grace: Best Practices for Equity in Writing Instruction

Words belong to everyone and no one. When we write, we’re taking a seat at the communal table—sharing a poem, arguing a point, telling a story, laughing and weeping, responding vociferously or reflecting on others’ contributions. Everyone deserves a place at the table.

Sep 30, 2021  |  By Sarah Rosenthal
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