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Endings: What Can You Teach?, Julie Patterson Mar 2014

Endings: What Can You Teach?, Julie Patterson

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Our writer-in-residence shares strategies for crafting the perfect ending to a story.


Beginnings: 3 Examples (And Why They Work), Julie Patterson Mar 2014

Beginnings: 3 Examples (And Why They Work), Julie Patterson

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Our writer-in-residence helps us look closely at the beginnings of three short stories.


Hold Readers At A Climax, Julie Patterson Feb 2014

Hold Readers At A Climax, Julie Patterson

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Our writer-in-residence says: A climax is long. In fact, it's a place to hold readers.


The Trouble With Beginning, Middle & End, Julie Patterson Jan 2014

The Trouble With Beginning, Middle & End, Julie Patterson

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I recently helped judge a story writing contest, and one of the criteria on the assessment form I was provided was: Does the story have a beginning, middle and end? As I began reading the entries, I quickly discovered that this was not useful assessment criteria.


4 Craft Strategies To Notice In The Leaving Morning (And Why), Julie Patterson Oct 2013

4 Craft Strategies To Notice In The Leaving Morning (And Why), Julie Patterson

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What can you learn about writing from a picture book? Lots!


How To Read A Poem, Julie Patterson Feb 2013

How To Read A Poem, Julie Patterson

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Our writer-in-residence offers some insight into how to read a poem.


Interactive Bulletin Boards That Support Writing, Julie Patterson Nov 2012

Interactive Bulletin Boards That Support Writing, Julie Patterson

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Great writing instruction = student created bulletin boards. Here are some ideas.


Assessing A Young Writer’S Story, Julie Patterson Sep 2012

Assessing A Young Writer’S Story, Julie Patterson

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Now that's a story! Find out what this 1st grader is doing well and what our writer-in-residence would teach next.


Great Supplies For Your Primary Grade Writing Workshop, Libby Duggan Aug 2012

Great Supplies For Your Primary Grade Writing Workshop, Libby Duggan

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The right supplies can help you launch a writing workshop and establish the kind of habits and practices that will make the workshop easy to manage all year long. You may even want to stock up before the back-to-school sales end. Here are the "must-have" supplies I have used in my primary grade workshop.


5 Things Writing Workshop Teachers Want Parents To Know, Libby Duggan Aug 2012

5 Things Writing Workshop Teachers Want Parents To Know, Libby Duggan

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When I was teaching, I wanted parents to know how to support the work that we were doing in the classroom. Perhaps most importantly, I wanted to be sure that what students were told about their writing at home was consistent with what I taught in the classroom. So with that in mind, I've assembled an article that you can share with families: "5 Things Writing Workshop Teachers Want Parents to Know."


Feed Your Writer’S Notebook This Summer, Julie Patterson Jul 2012

Feed Your Writer’S Notebook This Summer, Julie Patterson

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Summer is a great time to tend to your writer's notebook. You can "stock up" on notebook entries that will support your mini-lessons during the school year. Not sure what to write? Here are some notebook strategies to help fuel your inspiration.


Julie's 5 Most Frequently Used Notebook Strategies, Julie Patterson Oct 2011

Julie's 5 Most Frequently Used Notebook Strategies, Julie Patterson

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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.


6 Ways To Celebrate Student Writing, Susan C. Adamson Jan 2011

6 Ways To Celebrate Student Writing, Susan C. Adamson

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Susan Adamson, executive director of the Indiana Partnership for Young Writers, shares a few of her favorite strategies for celebrating student writing at the end of a unit of study.


Blazing The Real: Writing By Indiana Children, Susan C. Adamson, Julie Patterson Jan 2011

Blazing The Real: Writing By Indiana Children, Susan C. Adamson, Julie Patterson

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I got my first camera when I was in third grade—a Brownie Hawkeye flash model with a snazzy little camera case. The instruction manual provided six simple steps for taking successful pictures.

Hold the camera steady, supporting it underneath. Then, with the sun behind your back or over your shoulder, locate the subject in the finder. At the instant of exposure, hold your breath and press the shutter release with a gentle squeezing action (Brownie Hawkeye Instruction Manual).

The camera came with two rolls of film, each with16 frames. I eagerly used them up and sent the exposed film ...


Examples: What Teachers Are Doing With Poetry, Penny Miller, Sarah Duffer, Carole Damin, Libby Duggan Dec 2009

Examples: What Teachers Are Doing With Poetry, Penny Miller, Sarah Duffer, Carole Damin, Libby Duggan

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In November, 112 teachers from across Indiana attended a full-day professional development workshop with renowned poet Georgia Heard. Here is a sampling of the things these teachers are now doing in their schools and classrooms as a result of that workshop.