“Write Long”- A Reading Response Strategy


Getting students to write can often feel like pulling teeth. Can you relate? It doesn’t have to be that way! Sometimes it just takes bringing some new ideas to the table, and I’m here to help. 

Have you ever heard of the phrase “writing long”? Essentially it is when you turn a short idea or response into a longer well-developed reading response paragraph. I’m showing you how to implement this strategy with your students. It is an actionable practice that you can begin in your classroom right away! The best thing about this strategy is that it is beneficial for all students, whether they are below, on, or above grade level.

In this episode I share:
  • What writing long is and how to use it starting with a general sticky note response
  • 4 reasons why I love having students write long
  • When it’s best to implement this strategy
  • How to make writing long a very low-prep activity
  • Using write long reading responses as assessment data
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About The Literacy Dive Podcast:

Do you find yourself seeking new ideas when it comes to literacy instruction in elementary classrooms? The Literacy Dive Podcast was created to offer actionable steps and to share information for teachers, like you, who are always looking to improve their craft! ELA is our jam and we are excited to dive into all things reading and writing with you!

Your host, Megan Polk, is the creator and owner behind Miss P’s Style. She is a literacy specialist and loves to support students and their teachers with curriculum, literacy instruction, best practices, and engaging literacy activities. Through this podcast, she will share literacy tips and strategies that she has learned from the many years of experience she holds from being an elementary teacher and literacy specialist. Megan has taught all elementary grades (K-5), but an intense passion and love for upper elementary came about!

Dive in with us every Monday for a new episode from Megan! She, and her guests, will chat about various literacy topics and will bring you tips and tricks that can easily be implemented in your classrooms… immediately!

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Hey, I'm Megan!

I am a literacy specialist and curriculum designer who loves sharing tips and ideas to help students thrive in literacy! It brings me joy to await those a-ha moments and to see light bulbs turn on!

I have a huge passion for reading and writing and love to co-mingle the two any chance I get! You can expect to learn new strategies and ways to keep your students engaged during your literacy block! I am so glad you’re here!

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