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Teaching Students to Write a Synthesis Essay

Writing instruction is challenging, yet rewarding.  Synthesis, an important common core skill, occurs when several sources are used and evaluated.  This typically occurs in expository writing where researched sources are brought together to prove a thesis statement or answer an inquiry question.  After reading to understand different sources and arguments, students often struggle with bringing them […]

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You Need to Know This Google Docs Research Tip

Google Docs is a great platform for student collaboration, writing, and teacher feedback.  It is what my students use for all of their written compositions as it is used in Google Classroom.  As students are writing, though, did you know that there is a power-packed tool to help them seamlessly integrate research, images, and even […]

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Use Seesaw to Create Digital Portfolios

Using Seesaw to Create Digital Portfolios

When one of my office mates called me over during a prep period to show me how her third grade daughter had just posted a video of herself reading a poem she had written, I had to investigate what this classroom technology tool that allowed for parent involvement in the classroom and the creation of […]

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