The Stenhouse Blog

Writing Is Home, a foreword by Barry Lane

Posted by admin on Nov 8, 2019 6:00:00 AM

The following is the foreword written by Barry Lane for the new book Writing, Redefined by Shawna Coppola.

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Topics: Literacy, Writing

The Importance of Teaching Both Spanish and English in the Bilingual Classroom

Posted by admin on Oct 28, 2019 8:28:08 AM

Below is an excerpt written by Caroline Sweet from the Introduction of Patterns of Power, en español. Caroline joined forces with Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca to create this Spanish adaptation of their popular resource book, Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language. In this excerpt, Caroline writes about the importance of teaching in both Spanish and English in bilingual classrooms.

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Topics: Writing

3 Quick Tips to Boost Your Writing Instruction

Posted by admin on Oct 18, 2019 2:09:19 PM

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has designated October 20 as the National Day on Writing, so we thought we’d give you some ideas from a few of our Stenhouse writing resources to take back to your classroom.

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Topics: Writing

Use The Art of Comprehension to Create Equity Across Grade Levels

Posted by Trevor A. Bryan on Sep 23, 2019 11:52:38 AM

By Trevor A. Bryan

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Topics: Reading, Writing

Writing, Redefined in a Nutshell, a comic strip by Shawna Coppola

Posted by Shawna Coppola on Aug 26, 2019 3:09:07 PM

Here is a wonderful and creative explanation from talented author, Shawna Coppola, of what you can find in her new book, Writing, Redefined, in comic strip format!  

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Topics: Writing

Taking Time to Plan the Routines of Writing Workshop by Stacey Shubitz

Posted by Stacey Shubitz on Aug 20, 2019 3:20:13 PM

I believe what happens in the first weeks of the school year determines how well one’s entire school year will go. Planning classroom routines in advance of the first day of school allows all members of the classroom community to have their social and/or emotional needs met so you can meet students’ academic needs all year long.

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Topics: Classroom practice, Literacy, Writing

Teach Writing Well Using Student-Guided Assessments

Posted by Ruth Culham on Jul 19, 2019 8:56:05 AM

Below is a guest blog post from Ruth Culham, author of Teach Writing Well.

I’ve found that one of the things teachers like least about teaching writing is the paper load. It’s true—when you teach writing well, students write often. When students write often, as they should, they produce many papers to read and respond to. When they produce many papers, sometimes teachers reduce the amount of time they give students to write to save paper. It’s a Catch-22. Students can’t get better without practice, yet the practice swamps even the most dedicated writing teacher.

 

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Topics: Writing

The Writing Wallet

Posted by Jill Backman on May 17, 2019 4:53:59 PM
The following is excerpted from Teach Writing Well: How to Assess Writing, Invigorate Instruction, and Rethink Revision! by Ruth Culham.

Wallets are a commonplace item. But even though the contents may be similar among individuals—credit cards, IDs, cash, photos—the particulars will vary. I have a driver’s license from Oregon, for instance, and you likely have one from another state—but we both have driver’s licenses. Wallets are handy for storing things you need to make a purchase, board a plane, show a picture of a grandchild, share insurance information, and so on.

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Topics: Writing