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  • 1.Jennifer Evans Assistant Director ELA St.Clair County RESA Evans.jennifer@sccresa.org http://www.protopage.com/evans.jennifer#Untitled/Home

2. 70% of all students in grades 4-12 are low achieving writers. 9th grade students in the lowest 25% of their class are twenty times more likely to drop out. 50% of high school graduates are not ready for college level composition courses. 3. Kelly Gallagher, Author and Teacher http://www.kellygallagher.org/index.html Assigning writing is easy. Teaching writing is really hard. We need to teach our students to read like writers and write like readers. 4. The most effective strategy to improve writing Increase the amount and quality of writing. 5. It is a carefully sequenced, coherent K-12 writing curriculum that follows a Writing Workshop format designed to: span the grade levels meet the needs of all students increase writing proficiency at every grade use effective, researched based instructional practices 6. Increase writing proficiency for life endeavors Increase test scores Coordinate and refine writing instruction Create a unified writing program K-12 Increase use of research-based instructional practices during writing instruction 7. Only teach what writers do. Teach the writer not the piece of writing. Writing is telling what you see and what you think about it. It is both external and internal. We learn about writing through describing writing not by having someone prescribing writing. 8. Genre Author Study Skill 9. Mini-Lesson (10-15 min.) Independent Practice with Conferring (30-40 min.) Sharing ( 5-10 min.) 10. How Often Everyday Everyday Everyday How Long KDG 45 minutes 1st Grade 45 minutes extending to 60 minutes 2nd 12th Grades 60 minutes When Beginning the first day of school A single block of time at the same time everyday Management Same format used everyday Same rules and procedures used everyday Keep it simple Why Consistency Consistency Consistency 11. Grades 1-5 K staple small unit booklets for their notebook Specific directions for grades 2-5 in WriteWell Write everyday 12. Three Times you laughed really hard Times you were in physical pain Memorable Moments Topics that interest you Circle the one that you could tell the best story about Tell your story to a partner Write your story in the writing section of your notebook Share 13. Play the contrast game. Write five minutes on one side and then five minutes on the other side: I want I dont want I remember I dont remember I do I dont Last summer This summer Last Saturday Next Saturday A scary place A safe place 14. 6 + 1 Writing Traits One Day in the Life of Bubble Gum The Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street 15. Ba-Da-Bing Gretchen Bernabei Ba Da Bing Example: As I stepped onto the red carpet of the darkened room, I noticed a wall lined with lit candles and an old woman hunched in the far corner at a round table and I thought maybe now Ill get some answers. 16. 30-40 Minutes Students work independently while the teacher meets with small groups or individual students Conferring Talking Cards Possible mid-workshop teaching point Occur naturally when the teacher notices something that needs clarification or further explanation to help students as they write 17. Research Ask What are you working on as a writer? Have the student read aloud his/her work Decide Synthesize what is learned Decide what to compliment: What has this child done that I can name and make a fuss over? Decide what to teach: What does this child use but misuse? or What is nearly there in his or her writing that I can help them with right now? Compliment Point out writing strategies the child used well Say I like how you(give specific example) Teach Teach only one thing Teach to the compliment Teach to todays teaching point Negotiate a strategy When choosing your teaching point think: Of all the options I have, what can I teach that will make the biggest difference for this writer? 18. What to look for when deciding what to confer about Structure Focused Beginning, middle, end Moves across time or space Meaningful Writer cares about it Reader learns from it Narrative strategies Conventions that enhance All caps WOW Bold Wow End marks Wow!!! Italics Wow! Stacked Words - One! Two! Three! 19. Commentary With One-on-One Reading/Writing Conference http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top- teaching/2011/04/reading-and-writing- workshop-virtual-tours-each-component 20. 5-10 Minutes Notice Question Personal Connection Compliment and Suggestion (glow & grow) Partner Small Group Whole Group 21. Teaching Kids About Revising (Writing Workshop Lesson) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBKqgOv mJ8w 22. Aligned to CCSS Weekly concepts taught approximately five minutes a day Follows Jeff Andersons format PowerPoint to match each weekly lesson 23. Moved below the line for those who would still like to use it Test Prep Units of Study embedded in units (starting in grade 2) Generate many seed ideas in writers notebook What Should I Write About? section Target! Aim! Score! (beginning, middle, end) CD with Student Writing & MEAP Released Anchor Papers: http://tinyurl.com/cvraun 24. Same Assessment to be given at the beginning of the year and the end of the year Use to show growth See Sample 25. Immerse in the genre Identify distinguishing features of the genre Choose an idea to write about Choose a mentor text to help you write Plan your draft Draft long and fast Revise Edit Publish/Celebrate 26. http://sccresa.org/toolsforschools/curri culumtools/writewell/introductiontowrit ewell/writewell3rdgrade/ Notebooking Explanatory Unit Grammar Units Assessments 27. Video Library All grade levels Various lessons Kindergarten 2nd grade 10th grade 28. WriteWell http://www.sccresa.org/toolsforschools/curriculum tools/writewell/ Select logo Enter school log in and password: Temporary Log in: Temporary Password: 29. www.sccresa.org 30. Skim & Scan the Units Review the Table of Contents Log In and Select Your Grade