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National Day on Writing

National Day on Writing

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Thank you for sharing your stories and tweets! See this Storify archive of tweets and this list of local events and news from this year's National Day on Writing!

What do people need to know about your community?
And how can you communicate about it?

It’s time to #WriteMyCommunity

Celebrate NCTE's Sixth Annual
National Day on Writing -- Monday, October 20, 2014

NCTE, the National Writing Project, and The New York Times Learning Network invite you to celebrate writing in all its forms: through photos, film, and graphics; with pens, pencils, and computers; in graphs, etchings, and murals; on sidewalks, screens, and paper.

This year we encourage you to focus your writing on your community in any way you see fit. Post your writing during the National Day on Writing Tweet-Up on October 20 with the hashtag #WriteMyCommunity.

We Can't Wait to See What You Write!
Please tweet links to your writing to #WriteMyCommunity

Here are some examples of writing about community:

Videos by students:

Social media posts, photo journals, blogs, or Storifies:

Newspaper articles or op-eds:  

 Essays, stories, or poems:


Opportunity for Sharing and Talking about Student Writing

This year we're also going to talk about what we can learn from the writing we create. Join the "Let the Writing Talk: What the Work of the National Day on Writing Teaches Us About Assessment" Web seminar Thursday, October 23, 7-8 p,m. ET, to engage in conversations around the assessment of writing that include inquiry into things like:

  • How does our analysis of writing drive instruction?
  • How do we evaluate writing in all its wonderful forms?
  • What can we learn from collaborative discussions around individual pieces of writing?  
  • And what are implications of a project like the National Day on Writing for the kinds of writing assessment we should be using our schools?


Hear 2014 NCTE Media Literacy Award Denise Grandits, 7th- and 8th-grade language arts teacher in Tonawanda, New York, talk about writing and using new literacies in her classroom.


The #nctechat Twitter chat on Sunday, October 19, featured the topic Write My Community and guest hosts Ben Kuhlman (@bkuhl2you) and Jose Vilson (@TheJLV). See the archive of tweets.


See What Our Partners -- The New York Times Learning Network
and the National Writing Project -- Are Saying
about the National Day on Writing!

What communities are you a part of? Which one matters to you most? What do people need to know about this community? How can you communicate that? See "10 Ways to Explore and Express What Makes Your Community Unique" from The Learning Network blog at The New York Times. 

See "Write My Community: The 2014 National Day on Writing" from the National Writing Project.


Let us know what you're doing this year to celebrate the National Day on Writing!



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