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Get Ready for the 4th Annual National Day on Writing, October 20, 2012! from NCTE INBOX 10-2-12 

National Day on WritingAmericans write every day, every week, all year long, in many different forms and for many different purposes. To draw attention to the richness and variety of our writing experiences, the National Council of Teachers of English has established October 20 as the National Day on Writing.

Writers everywhere are encouraged to celebrate their craft on October 20, or throughout the week, or through the whole month of October! You're also invited to view pieces of writing submitted to the National Gallery of Writing and learn more about some past celebrations.

College Composition and Communication shares an updated definition of composition. This definition can help guide instructors while teaching writing.

Becoming Writers in the Elementary ClassroomIn the Council Chronicle article, “Becoming Writers: Visions and Decisions,” Katie Van Sluys encourages teachers to articulate their beliefs about writing and writers and encourages teachers to provide students with the opportunity to become competent, constantly growing writers who use writing to think, communicate, and pose as well as solve problems. She describes all of this further in her book.

Mapping Our Stories: Teachers’ Reflections on Themselves as Writers” (G) from Language Arts shares how a group of linguistically diverse teachers came to identify themselves as writers by drawing neighborhood maps and writing personal narratives about childhood memories. When teachers write themselves, they become better teachers of writing.

While working with teachers from South Africa, the authors of “Opportunity Matters: The Ithuba Writing Project in South African Schools” (M) from Voices from the Middle encouraged those teachers to create culturally relevant books written in their students’ languages. The South African teachers were able to explore what it means to be a writer, refining their definitions of “writer” and of their own instruction.

Parents can be our greatest allies for ensuring effective writing instruction. The authors of "Inviting Parents In: Expanding Our Community Base to Support Writing" share strategies for engaging parents in supportive efforts with their children.

Dialogical Classroom“Teachers need to develop writing experiences that are reflective across time in order to foster even deeper explorations of subject matter,” says the author of Writing in the Dialogical Classroom: Students and Teachers Responding to the Texts of Their Lives (S). This text draws on NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing. Hear more from the author by listening to this podcast.

How will you celebrate the National Day on Writing? Join the Tweet-Out on Twitter on October 19 using the hashtag #whatiwrite. 

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