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Best-of-Smekens Writing Conference:
Writing Remix 2019


Writing About Reading


Generate Opinion-Based Reading Responses

Things Wrong in the World | List Template

Things Wrong in the World | Sentence Template

Parent letter to support letter-writing unit

Identify character perspectives

Read literature that reveals multiple perspectives.

Choose a side in 4 steps

Watch the kindergartners at Concord South Elementary discern between duck details and rabbit details based on Duck! Rabbit!

Move away from letting kids choose a side based on preference. Rather, teach them the four steps to identifying the strongest position.

Teach students to first chart the perspectives before choosing a position to align with.

Introduce the what and why structure

The writing standards expect students to repeat their opinion and provide a sense of closure.

Write responses with evidence

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