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We deliver innovative K-12 teaching strategies to your inbox twice a month. You’ll find a wealth of practical resources on writing, thinking, and learning—brought to you by the creators of the Write Source handbooks. Happy reading!

How to Engage Your Students with Shared Inquiry

Using Shared Inquiry in Language Arts

As every teacher knows, learning begins with engagement. Engaged students read thoroughly, write thoughtfully, and grapple with content. But how can we get our students to engage?

Shared inquiry helps students engage. This teaching approach requires a team effort. Instead of imparting knowledge, we work with our students to ask questions, sort through evidence, and draw conclusions. Shared inquiry requires students to communicate, collaborate, solve problems, and think critically and creatively.

Here's how you can use shared inquiry to teach writing . . .

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7 C's for Building a Rock-Solid Argument

To develop a strong, tight argument that will change minds and convince others to accept their point of view, students need to be clear, thorough, and logical. This infographic leads students through an effective process for building a compelling argument.

7c's for building a rock-solid argument

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Subscriber Spotlight: Posters from Thailand!

Photojournalism Group Photo

We love to hear from readers of the Thoughtful Learning Newsletter, especially when they report on what's going on in their classrooms.

One such reader, Todd Kemper, used the photojournalism project from the last newsletter in a very different context from the Midwestern American classroom where it first appeared:

Prommanusorn Phetchaburi School

"I am a teacher at Prommanusorn Phetchaburi School located in Phetchaburi, Thailand. It's a secondary school, and the students are 12 years old and in their first year at this school. They are part of an EMS (English, Math, Science) program, and they did this project for an English writing course that I teach. I meet with these students once a week."

As the article suggested, Todd assigned his students to take or find photographs of historical places in their city and develop presentations that describe them. He worked past the tech requirements of the article to capture the essence of this student-centered project for a very different setting:

"Due to a lack of technology, I wasn't able to have students present their projects with a computer or a projector as Mrs. Smith did in Burlington. Instead, my students displayed their projects on poster board. . . ."

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Photojournalism Project Group

Introducing the Writers Express Teacher's Guide . . .

Writers Express Teacher's Guide

The online Writers Express Teacher's Guide is now available, and it's yours for FREE! This digital resource leads you page by page through the student handbook, offering teaching tips and strategies, downloadable documents, related minilessons, Common Core correlations, and more. Explore the table of contents and take a look inside!

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