#2ndaryELA Chat Summary: Publishing Student Writing

May 06, 2016

Writing for a real audience (other than just for themselves or their teacher) can be a huge motivator for students. Middle school and high school English Language Arts teachers discussed the publishing stage of the writing process, student writing portfolios, and other opportunities to publish student writing outside of the classroom including school publications, contests, and blogging. Read on for ideas on how to find a larger reach for your students' writing.

This #2ndaryELA Twitter chat was all about publishing student writing in the secondary ELA classroom. Middle and high school English Language Arts teachers discussed the publishing stage of the writing process, student writing portfolios, and other opportunities to publish student writing outside of the classroom including school publications, contests, and blogging. The highlights are below.

The publishing stage of the writing process:
*Hold read aloud days where students share their work or part of it with the class
*Make books of students' best work using blurb.com, a publishing site. Students upload their work and pay about $5 to get a printed version.

 http:// Writing portfolios:
*Use them at parent conferences
*Allow students to make selections about pieces to revisit and revise 
*Analyze a few times throughout the year looking for strengths and weaknesses
*Digital writing portfolios can be helpful for students to use a model for future writing assignments
*Keep writing samples and send them home with students at the end of the year as a keepsake or keep them throughout students' schooling and give them to students at graduation
*Complete midyear & end of year reflections on writing pieces
*Use for a publishing project at the end of the year

Finding a larger audience:
*Post book reviews on GoodReads
*Write the World, a global community of young writers with prompts, competitions, challenges, groups, and peer review
*Ask other teachers if your students can present to their classes
*Write children's stories or nonfiction pieces appropriate for younger students and take students back to their elementary school to read them
*Online Publishing Opportunities for Student Writing

Using blogging in the classroom:
*Use blogging during project based learning. Partner up with another class so students have readers.

Writing contests for students:
*If you can't find one, create one
*Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

For more writing ideas and resources:




Hope you'll join us next Tuesday May 10th at 8pm EST to talk about teaching media literacy. We'd also love for you to join our 2ndaryELA Facebook group (even if you aren't on Twitter). 2ndaryELA is a group of middle and high school English Language Arts teachers looking to share ideas and best practices. This group is an extension of our Twitter chat and a place for collaboration, questions, and encouragement. Feel free to post teaching ideas, success stories, resource links, photos, etc. that will enhance our instruction. 

If you missed this most recent chat, scroll down and read the whole thing below.

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