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Middle School Writing Challenge--Sponsored by VPR

VPR-YWP Vermont Reads Writing Challenge

Write about Middle School for a VPR commentary!

Young Writers Project and Vermont Public Radio want your best writing for commentaries on the topic of middle school!

This challenge is for all middle school students to write about their experiences in middle school and/or about issues and topics presented in the book, "Wonder," this year's choice for Vermont Reads. Read more »

Exemplars -- Argument

This writer won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2004 for her folksy, and persuasive, commentaries that were always based on stories. See how she makes her argument using personal observation, evidence and reasoning.

Here's a little tip about gratuities

By Connie Schultz

Plain Dealer Columnist

April 1, 2004

If you've ever used a coat check, you probably noticed a tip jar on the counter at evening's end.

Informative/Explanatory

We will be meeting April 2 for our final day of Common Core State Standards training, but what can we do in the meantime? How can YWP help? 

Some additional notes from our work together: Read more »

Young Writiers Day-At the Ocean's Edge

As I crest the sand dune a warm salty breeze brushes across my checks. The sun is just beginning to peek out above the distant horizon, a big orange beachball rising out of the water, Light pink, purple, blue streaks surround the  Ihear the call of the gull searching for a morning meal as the waves crash and roll to the shore.

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Young Writers Day-Six Words

 

"Gasp." (Chicken bone caught in throat...)

"Peck, peck, crack, peep,peep," alive!

Red canoe floating down river, flipped.

Hand, foot, inching along, "Baby's crawling!"

Believe, practice, emote- "I'm a star!"

Question, wonder, experiment, discover miracle cure

White lace, family, friends, wedding day

 

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Sam 7th Vocab

Instructions: Read more »

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Mrs. Hoffman-Bio

At an early age I enjoyed working with children, so when it was time to decide on a career I knew that I wanted to become a teacher.  My first classroom was in Maryland with combined third and fourth grade students.  When I moved to Maine I taught grades four, five, six, seven and eight.  Now that I live in Vermont I am enjoying being a literacy specialist.  As a teacher I have learned more about the world than I ever imagined.  To teach a subject I need to learn all that I can about it. While instructing, I continue to learn along with my students. Read more »

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Notes from Jan. 20th and 21st YWP Writing Workshop

FLUENCY >>>FORM >>>CORRECTNESS

 

WRITING PROCESS AND PRACTICE

sometimes we don’t know what we’re going to write until we write it Read more »

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Susan's Lesson plan for mini lessons

Unit of Study


Teaching Point: I can


Teaching Method: explain, and give examples


Materials needed: variety of mentor texts, include several different examples of hooks into similar texts such as humorous, serious, gross,

Information writing that we've started


Connection (1 minute):Writers, yesterday we were working on...

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Lesson plan - mini lesson informative/explanatory text writing a hook

Unit of Study:  Informative/Explanatory Text (Standard 2)/*9


Teaching Point: I can use a good hook to engage the reader


Teaching Method: explain, and give examples


Materials needed: variety of similar mentor texts, include several different examples of hooks: humorous, graphics, a story, scientific facts, action,serious, gross

Information writing that we've started


Connection (1 minute):Writers, yesterday we were working on...

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