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Explore the RAFT Strategy
RAFT assignments encourage students to uncover their own voices and formats for presenting their ideas about content information they are studying. Students learn to respond to writing prompts that require them to think about various perspectives:
Role of the Writer: Who are you as the writer? A movie star? The President? A plant?
Audience: To whom are you writing? A senator? Yourself? A company?
Format: In what format are you writing? A diary entry? A newspaper? A love letter?
Topic: What are you writing about?
Conferring in the Writing Workshop
When we teachers get together and talk about conferring with students about their writing, no one ever says, “Oh, I’m great at that!” Conferring is tricky, messy stuff. We feel inadequate because there is no script, and even when we enter a conference with an agenda, the writer can so easily throw us into another line of thinking at a moment’s notice. This issue of School Talk offers lots of tools to help.
Writing Teachers Talk
This series of videos was recorded at the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication Convention. Writing teachers were invited to share the strategies they use that they find most effective.
36 “Best” Lists on Writing
Larry Ferlazzo shares a treasure trove of lists, each filled with links to writing resources. The set includes a wide range of topics including everything from “The Best Posts On Writing Instruction” to “The Best Places Where Students Can Write Online” to “The Best Sites To Learn ‘Feelings’ Words”.
The Best Kept Secret in English Education
Ernest Morrell calls on teachers to share “the genius in your classroom” so the good work we are doing begins to spread. The National Day on Writing is a great day to open those doors.
Math Journals: Using Writing to Teach Math
In this School Talk article Ganna Maymind explores how writing during math class can allow students to experience wonderful ideas and “aha” moments that are increasingly important in today’s test-driven world.
Literacy & NCTE Blog posts on the National Day on Writing