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What Are Your Plans for the National Day on Writing?
National Day on WritingNCTE established the National Day on Writing in 2009 to celebrate composition in all forms -- from stories, poems, and letters to text messages, videos, and audio recordings -- and to demonstrate that writing is a vital part of our everyday lives. Thousands of writers from across the country recognize the National Day on Writing with local events, including write-ins, talks by local authors, and poetry slam celebrations.

For this year's theme -- #write2connect -- NCTE joins the New York Times Learning Network, the National Writing Project and NWP's Educator Innovator, Edutopia, Mozilla HIVE, Mozilla Webmaker, Graphite by Common Sense Media, and National Novel Writing Month to encourage all who write to talk about the ways they use writing to connect -- with colleagues, friends, students, families, teachers, neighbors, policymakers, administrators, or other decision makers.

#nctechat on National Day on WritingJoin Penny Kittle (@pennykittle) and Katherine Sokolowski (@katsok) on Sunday, October 20, at 8 p.m. ET, for a Twitter Chat (#nctechat) celebrating the National Day on Writing!
On October 21, tweet out the ways you use writing to make connections and post them to Twitter using the hashtag #write2connect and, if space allows, #dayonwriting. Our goal is to share your thoughts publicly while we make #write2connect a trending topic on Twitter this year, just as #WhatIWrite was last year and #WhyIWrite was the year before!

NCTE's Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing begins with the acknowledgment that, just as the nature of and expectations for literacy have changed in the past century and a half, so has the nature of writing. Understanding that writing is an increasingly multifaceted activity, NCTE offers several principles to guide effective teaching practice.

Laurie Halse Anderson, credit Joyce TennesonAuthor Nancie AtwellLaurie Halse Anderson explains the reasons why she loves to write. See her at the NCTE Annual Convention during the CEE Luncheon

Listen to teacher and author Nancie Atwell talk about the importance and power of writing in the lives of young adolescents.

 Looking for some ideas to help you write to connect? Try these:

Find lesson plans, classroom activities, related websites, and additional resources on the ReadWriteThink calendar.

Are you looking for ways to connect with your team or Professional Learning Community? Join the free Literacy in Learning Exchange website to build or further develop a community of practice in your school.

2013 NCTE Annual ConventionAttending the NCTE Annual Convention in Boston in November? Don't miss the sessions on writing, including "Connecting English, History, and Writing with Literary Nonfiction," "Reinventing the Writing Workshop with Digital Literacy to Improve Student Engagement," and "Developing Powerful Writing through Storytelling and Inquiry."

Talk about it!How will you celebrate the National Day on Writing? Take a look at events we know about so far this year and at how others marked the day last year!


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