Ms. Garrison--a contributing author to LiteracyTA's new K-1 and 2-3 Reading and Writing Teacher Guides--shares her experience teaching young students how to engage in peer review workshops. Her experience teaching primary grade students and her insights as an elementary school teacher will inspire and challenge teachers and give them some great writing ideas for the 2015-2016 school year.

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This week, a 4th grade teacher contacted me about the three writing types outlined in the new state standards. We exchanged emails for a few days and had a great discussion about writing types. The question she asked really challenged both of our understanding about writing and how to teach writing.

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Teaching students how to write arguments is both fun and challenging. Students have opinions, they want to be heard, but they need to learn how to make well reasoned arguments that are supported with strong evidence. This eCoach guides teachers through five simple steps that teach students how to write credible arguments.

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The new state tests are here. For real this time. They are here and the scores are being reported. We might not have API or a way to calculate it, but the scores count. Students will be measured and the data will be reported. This is both exciting and scary at the same time. We don't know how students will do on these new exams.

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Seven years ago, a Title 1 coordinator at my former high school asked me to design a course that would develop students' character and academic skills. The plan was to run all of the 10th grade students through this class. I knew that the curriculum for the course would need to focus on teaching reading, speaking, and writing skills, but I needed a name.

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