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Write Like This - A Look at Writing Instruction

Break free of the five-paragraph essay while providing your students with tools to become stronger, more confident writers. Discussion of teacher modeling, mentor texts, and real-world writing purposes (from Kelly Gallagher’s *Write Like This*)

Natalia Carson

on 2 August 2018

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Transcript of Write Like This - A Look at Writing Instruction

Central Premises
Write Like This - Kelly Gallagher
Introduce Real-World Discourses
Express and Reflect
Inform and Explain
Evaluate and Judge
Inquire and Explore
Analyze and Interpret
Take a Stand/Propose a Solution
Express and Reflect
Provide Teacher and
Real-World Models
You are the best writer in the room.
Show them how you do it.
Let them see you struggle.
Library databases are GREAT for professional models.

Evaluate and Judge
“Before, I could read, sure. But it was like a sea of words, The more writing instruction I got, the more I understood which words were important.”
- Monica DiBella, High School Student
Inquire and Explore
Writing to help us think
Quick write prior to discussion

Take a Stand/Propose a Solution
Drafting the Paper
Model, model, model
Select similar topic and style
Model parts, not paragraph formulas
Inform and Explain
Important life skill

Authentic applications

Helps develop ideas in other modes of discourse.
Analyze and Interpret
Close reading and response strategies:

"Who is to Blame?"
"What's the Connection?"
"What Will Happen When _____?"
"What Would Have Happened If _____?"
"Interpreting Song Lyrics"
Purposeful Editing
Sentence of the week:

Skill focus identified from student writing.
Model sentence, infer the rule.
Focus on what's right, not what's wrong.
Apply skills in weekly writing.
"SoW Checklist" to accompany portfolio.

First Person Point of View

Focus on personal experiences and feelings

Helps to develop a personal voice

Most appropriate for making connections
Focus on impact of experiences

Great for making connections

Helps with strengthening conclusions
Six-Word Memoirs:

"Professional Development Day: Collect New Ideas."
"Prep time needed: fewer meetings, please!"
Memoir Tweets:

Teaching English. Drowning in paperwork. Get masters, leave classroom, miss students. Return to teaching? Continue coaching? Decisions, decisions.

Reverse Poems:

"Lost Generation"

Advertisements and propaganda techniques
Web sites
Political Speeches and campaigns

Real world practice <-> skills applicable to
literary and nonfiction texts

"Why?" Activity -
Pull lines from news:
"In America, nearly 70% of the adult
population is considered overweight."

"I'd Like to Know More About"
- Read for 20 minutes and generate list of interesting topics.

"Burning Questions" -
Literature, news, school events, etc.

"Rumor Has It" -
Urban legends: Snopes.com
Know Both Sides of An Issue:
Four-Square Argument Chart
Proposing Solutions:
"Five things you can do to..."
Recognizing Problems:
"Newspaper Hunt"
"Everyone is quick to throw out an opinion, but you should never take a stand until you have thoroughly familiarized yourself with both sides of the issue." (Gallagher, 179)
Introduction -
Include a hook and thesis
Model single and multi-paragraph styles
Conclusion - "Dos & Don'ts"
Body: Arguments and Counterclaims

"Sandwich" the counterargument within the paragraph.
"Set Them Up; Knock Them Down" - Begin with the Counterargument.
Mix up the styles; model variety
Problem-Solution Paper

Part 1: Describe the Problem
Part 2: Propose a solution
Part 3: Defend your proposal
Part 4: Conclude
Beyond Five Paragraphs
Polishing the Paper
RADAR Revision
"Write Like This" Group Code: kvzjfw
How can we create authentic writing opportunities for our students with room for voice & choice while still developing "on demand" writing skills?
Thank you!
Please complete the participant survey for this session:
Edmodo Prompts:
What is your biggest challenge in teaching students to write? What do you want to learn today?
Please complete the Edmodo Poll Questions (modeling/mentor texts).
Edmodo Assignment:
Practice the Parts
Please complete the Persuasive Sample Assignment alone or with a partner.
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