Two years ago (I think it was two, but I keep losing track of time, so maybe it was more...!), I read Teaching Adolescent Writers, by Kelly Gallagher. One strategy that I have really enjoyed (and so have my students) is RAGs - Read Around Groups. This is a great strategy to help students share their writing with each other and to allow them to see the variety of writing styles and skills of their peers.
We did two rounds of RAGs in class today, and will finish up and discuss tomorrow. Here's how RAGs works (or at least how I did it in my room today:):
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