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IRC 2011 Presentation

St. Philomena teachers presentation about writing workshop in our school for the IRC conference 2011
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I Got "Nuffin"
-"Nuffin" to Write About Presented By:
Lynda Hootman, Cindy Heuermann (K-2), Sally Kincaid (3-6), and Donna Sheehan A school-wide implementation of a writing workshop program transformed our school's perception of teaching and learning about writing. Explore the journey with St. Philomena School, Peoria, IL! The Writing Workshop Yearlong writing curriculum developed from the Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project and aligns with the common core standards Writers will excel if...
They are provided opportunities to learn.
They write each day.
They are taught in their zone of proximal development. Units of Study in Writing Workshop Primary
Launching the Writing Workshop
Small Moments: Personal Narrative Writing
Writing for Readers: Teaching Skills and Strategies
The Craft of Revision
Authors as Mentors
Non-fiction Writing: Procedures and Reports
Poetry: Powerful Thoughts in Tiny Packages
Optional Units: Fiction and Writing for Many Purposes Intermediate
Launching the Writing Workshop
Raising the Quality of Narrative Writing
Breathing Life into Essays
Writing Fiction: Big Dreams, Tall Ambitions
Literary Essays: Writing about Reading
Memoir: The Art of Writing Well
Authoring Your Own Units of Study Components of a Writing Workshop
Mini-lesson
Writing and Conferring
Mid-Workshop Teaching Point
Share Session Writing and Conferring
Children write for 40-45 minutes: draft, write, and revise their work to incorporate the mini-lesson instruction.
Teacher confers with students individually or in small groups to coach and guide student's writing.
Midway through the writing time, the teacher may call the class together for another teaching point. Primary Grades Intermediate Grades Our Journey Children's Job During Workshop
Write within the unit of study
Choose topic, plan, write, revise
Resume ongoing work
Begin new piece
Add to picture or text
Draw or write the best they can
Use strategies presented in mini-lesson
Peer interaction with writing partner Conversations
Writing partners may confer with each other for guidance or advice.
Teacher may work with small groups on a strategy.
Partners interact at the beginning and end of the workshop or mid-workshop sharing time.
Silent work time to write "fast and long" without interruption. "Writerly" Language
Writers gather.
Today I am going to teach you
Keep your main idea alive.
Watermelon ideas and seed stories
For today and every day
What are you working on as a writer?
When you falter, alter.
Off you go! Workshop Closure
Writers gather at meeting place or with partners.
Review teaching point of mini-lesson.
Highlight several children's work as examples.
Remind writers that they are to use today's strategy "today and from now on".
Assign homework that highlights teaching point. Celebrations
Students share writing with peers.
Read into the Circle
Writing Partner Introduction
Small Group Share
Refreshments Assessment
Occurs in little and big ways throughout every minute of our teaching.
Used to guide instruction
Writer's progress is charted as he moves towards goal Assessment Tools Writing Samples Anecdotal Notes Primary Units of Study Launching the Writing Workshop
Small Moments: Personal Narrative Writing
Writing for Readers: Teaching Skills and Strategies
The Craft of Revision
Authors as Mentors
Non-fiction Writing: Procedures and Reports
Poetry: Powerful Thoughts in Tiny Packages
Optional Units: Fiction and Writing for Many Purposes Primary Writing Workshop
Mini-Lesson (10 Minutes)
Writing and Conferencing (20 Minutes)
Mid-workshop Teaching Point (5 Minutes)
Share Session (10 Minutes) Writing Partners Kindergarten Adaptations
Start after routines are established
Build stamina gradually
Longer mini-lesson, shorter writing time
Encourage independence in writing
Accept a wide range of abilities
Start with drawings, add letters, words, sentences
Add details to stories Second Grade Adaptations
Additional book to bridge between primary and intermediate units of study
More emphasis on written text, less on drawings
Use more outside sources to write independently
Stories are more developed and contain more detail
One Year Later Students
Ability to sound out words
Write more text
Increased stamina in writing
More creative ideas for writing
More independent Teachers
Intense training first year
Anticipate lessons and plan ahead
Mentor texts
Favorite units Launching the Writing Workshop
Raising the Quality of Narrative Writing
Breathing Life into Essays
Writing Fiction: Big Dreams, Tall Ambitions
Literary Essays: Writing about Reading
Memoir: The Art of Writing Well
Authoring Your Own Units of Study
Intermediate Units of Study Language Arts Block C.A.F.E. and Daily Five
Reading
Word Work
Writing about Reading Writing Workshop
Mini-lesson (10 minutes)
Independent Writing (40-45 minutes)
Whole Group Share (10 minutes) Materials
Composition Notebook
Sticky Notes
Writer's Pen
Folders
Mentor Texts Generating Writing Ideas Person, Place, or Object
First times, last times, important moments
Strong feelings and emotions
Chronological order Writing Strategy Lessons Steps in the Writing Process
Build stamina
Watermelon Ideas vs. Seed Stories
Leads
Endings
True exact details
Movie in your mind
Zoom in
Heart of the story
Planning
Box & Bullets
Editing lessons Conferencing Publishing and Celebrating
Writer’s Notebook
Booklets
Loose leaf
Final copy
Title Page
Partner Introduction
Celebrate the Author Third Grade Adaptations
Longer mini-lesson, shorter writing time
More whole group work Sixth Grade Adaptations
Longer pieces of writing
More stamina
More assessment with rubrics Administrative Support
Leadership
Knowledge of Curriculum
Dedicated Teaching Staff
Prepared
Staff Development
Writing Workshop at St. Philomena Frontloading
Staff Development Workshop
Co-planning
Monthly calendars
Daily lesson plans
Mentor text
Room arrangement
Materials
Teachers were ready to begin writing workshop on the first full day of school. Materials
Writing Workshop Manuals
CDs - Support Materials
DVDs - Training Videos
Mentor Texts
Chart paper
Supplies: staplers, markers, colored pencils, date stamps, paper, folders
Containers for writing folders and materials Literacy Coach
Support for teachers
previewing lessons
adaptations for instruction
working with students in the classroom Keeping Parents Informed
Parent Information Meeting
Introductory letter for each unit of study
Publishing student writing Year Two Teachers
Refine and improve instructional delivery Students
Build upon writing skills and strategies Community Support Unique Program
School wide
Team effort
Every child deserves to start where he or she is as a writer and to be challenged to go
farther. Lucy Calkins
The Nuts and Bolts of Teaching Writing
p. 15
Children do not learn to write from what we do but from their own efforts. A writer's work is never done! Conference Alley Celebrating Writers Launching the Writing Workshop Paper Writing Samples
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