MiddleWeb Twitter Chats

Welcome to the MiddleWeb twitter chat page. From time to time, we moderate one-hour chats with teachers and other writers who contribute content to the MiddleWeb site. See our latest scheduled chat below! We’ve also included chat tips, if you’re new to hashtag chatting.

We don’t have a fixed schedule, so follow @middleweb for our alerts. We’ll also capture and archive our chats via Storify so check this page for links. If you have questions, contact us.


Our Next MiddleWeb Twitter Chat:

JWizner-200x200Who: Jake Wizner, 8th grade ELA teacher and author of the new Stenhouse book Worth Writing About: Exploring Memoir with Adolescents.

When: Thursday, Oct. 22, at 8 PM Eastern (5 PM Pacific)

Why: Jake has been teaching students to write personal memoirs for much of his 20+ year teaching career. Pick his brain! Zsofia McMullin from Stenhouse will be there and give away two free copies of Jake’s book.

Chat hashtag: #middleweb


Background reading – Jake Wizner

Read our recent MiddleWeb post by Jake: How to Teach Memoir in the Middle Grades

[Excerpt] There are many reasons – both academic and social-emotional – why it is so worthwhile to teach memoir writing to adolescents, but here I want to focus on the how. How do I help students who say they don’t remember anything well enough to write about it? How do I get them to dig deep and uncover the themes in their lives? How do I help them elevate the craft of their writing? For teachers embarking on a memoir writing unit, there are three fundamental ideas about the genre that I find myself returning to again and again.

Memoirs do not need to be factually accurate, but they need to be truthful.

Every story must have an understory.

Memoirs should move seamlessly between the sea and the mountain.

Read our review of Worth Writing About


Twitter Chat Tips

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1. Jot down some questions or comments you’d like to share during a chat with our guest and fellow participants.

2. Read these great tips at the EduBlogs site about how Twitter chats work and what you need to know to participate (it’s easy once you have the right tool). Try it out ahead time by following a hashtag of your choice (#mschat is good).

3. Leave yourself a calendar alert or other reminder to be online at the designated time for our one-hour chat. (Hang out as long as you can.)

4. When the hour arrives (or a few minutes before) start following the #middleweb hashtag. Anytime you comment, be sure to add #middleweb to your own tweets. That’s how the chat creates itself!


MiddleWeb Twitter Chat archives

► (10-22-15) Writing Memoir with Middle Grades Students – Teacher/author Jake Wizner

Watch for more soon . . .