Help! I stink at teaching writing!

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  1. Toast

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    Hi fellow teachers. I am a 3rd grade teacher going into my 4th year teaching and I have a question for you.

    What do you recommend for reading/self professional development for becoming better at teaching writing.

    I am embarrassed to admit it, but I am not very good at teaching writing. Reading, math, science, social studies......I am confident in those areas, but writing? I struggle.

    Any recommended reading/websites/teaching strategies from those who have mastered the art of teaching writing?

    Not handwriting........... actual writing of paragraphs.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. mopar

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    www.writingfix.com was my life savor last year.

    I also start with 4 square writing and the 6 traits. 4 square will help you organize the students when writing and start to add details, 6 traits will help with much more areas of writing but doesn't offer a specific graphic organizer.
     
  4. MIteacher

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    Two Writing Teachers

    I recommend the website Two Writing Teachers.

    The website offers many great links as well as current blogs.http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/


    I have found many of their posts to be inspiring and helpful.:)
     
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    Best advice I was given years ago: You don't have to be a great writer for your students to learn from you. You just need to be a little bit better than they are.

    I think this is a Nancie Atwell quote, but she is definitely not who told me this.
     
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    I love Lucy Calkins and her approach goes well with the 6 plus 1 writing traits. Her books may not be cheap. Her lessons are scripted but I love how it builds a community of writers and the lessons are easily digestible, predictable and it follows a writer's workshop format. Go on you tube and listen to her interviews and watch a sample lesson.

    Make sure, however, that your distict's pacing guide doesn't already follow some program and specific materials.

    I'm only directly familiar with the K program but I know she has a k-2 set and a 3-5 set. I will admit I don't find her books incredibly teacher friendly but I do like the lessons.

    Make sure, how
     
  7. Toast

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    Thanks!
     
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    I mixed 4 square and 6 traits, too, when I was in the classroom. I feel like the 6 traits gives me the road map for the year, and the 4 square gets me started with ideas and organization.
     
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    I'd definently go with the 4 square, made my life so much easier! Lucy Caulkins as well! Good Luck! :D
     
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    When I taught grade 3, I used a book called, 'The Most Wonderful Writing Lessons Ever'. I bought it through Scholastics and it truly is a wonderful book. This book focuses specifically on story writing, but the lessons and activities could definitely help your students become better writers in all areas.
     

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