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Summer 2017

6-12 – It’s Personal: Teaching the Personal Essay

Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$450.00

Three-unit workshop: Narrative is the foundation of all writing, the massing of details that puts a reader in another world. Hence, the personal essay is foundational for a writing program, the core around which persuasive and expository writing revolves. Students skilled in the personal essay develop skills that serve them in a range of writing experiences, including the college admissions essay. This seminar will discuss how to teach memoirs and reflective essays that develop voice, tone, and structure to create effective writing for the high school classroom and college admissions. A variety of student samples will be provided.

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9-12 – Teaching in Unsettling Times: The Personal Creed Project

Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$450.00

Three-unit workshop: Students who have completed Personal Creed Projects often say they have learned who they are and how they want to contribute to improving their world.

Addressing 6 of 10 CCSS anchor standards in writing and 6 of 6 in speaking and listening, the Creed Project’s weekly reflections and culminating presentations go deeper, guiding students to develop a healthy sense of their own identity and purpose. Through the steps of this project, students come to understand how they fit in the world and what they have to offer it.

In this edgy, refreshing session, you undertake the Creed Project for yourself, hear from teachers who adapt the project in their own secondary classrooms, and learn in unsettling times to place your students’ self-discovery at the center of your teaching.

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3-6 – My Culture, My Story: Creating a Personal Narrative Writing Unit for Bilingual/Bicultural Students

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Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$450.00

Three-unit workshop: Educators, get ready to journey through the art of creating a unique writing unit that will motivate and instill pride in your diverse, young writers! In this Summer Open Program, you will learn how to tailor a Writing Workshop Narrative Unit to fit the experiences and writing needs of your bilingual/bicultural students. Logistically, you will 1) identify the specific writing needs of your diverse students, 2) pinpoint writing styles and craft moves by authors from your students’ varying cultures, 3) study and understand key points in the Writing Workshop Narrative unit, 4) use steps 1-3 to create a unique Writing Workshop Personal Narrative Unit. Not only will you create the unit, but will also engage in Writing Workshop Mini-Lessons in order to write your own, unique narrative. This means you will be prepared with a unit for the upcoming school year, and have an example of what you will want your students to produce.

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K-3 – Let’s Rekindle Your Romance With Teaching Writing!

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Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$450.00

Three-unit workshop: What does effective writing program look like in lower primary grades? Are there strategies that strengthen your ELA learners as well as your non-ELA learners? Can we address common core writing standards? In this classroom, we will examine different ways to motivate and strengthen your writing program. We will examine exciting ways to address common core writing standards including opinion, narrative, and informational writing. We will dive deeper in Writer’s Workshop, thematically, and teaching writing incorporating technology in lower grades.

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9-12 – Get the “Awk” Outta Here!

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Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$450.00

Three-unit workshop: Teaching writing effectively—that is, in a way that preserves the souls of both teacher and student—is the hardest job in education. Like writing itself, it presents many opportunities to get things wrong, in spite of our pure intentions. Get the “Awk” Outta Here! is a workshop designed to help teachers of writing develop a pedagogy of possibility rather than proscription, focusing on strategies for sentence development and a more magnanimous understanding of student error.

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4-12 – Elaboration and Craft Moves for Narrative Writing

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Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$450.00

Three-unit workshop: After decades of research and classroom implementation, Lucy Calkins and her team at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project concluded that Elaboration and Craft have the most important impact on the quality of a written piece. That’s why Lucy’s rubrics “double weight” elaboration and craft over other aspects of writing.

If you’re less than satisfied with your students’ narratives – if their characters lack depth or complexity, if their stories lack deeper meaning, if they are unaware of craft moves that will improve their narratives – then join us to study these critical yet often under-taught skills.

Participants will receive a series of mini-lessons on both elaboration and craft moves, from symbolism to surprise. You’ll also read and keep a collection of excellent stories – most written by students – that showcase what good elaboration and craft look like.

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K-5 – Guiding the Youngest Writers: Self-Empowerment Through Narrative

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Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$450.00

Three-unit workshop: How can 21st-century teachers empower students through narrative writing? Many children from diverse cultures experience a disconnect between their home and school. In this Summer Open Program you will create a narrative writing unit that gives your bicultural students the unique opportunity to use their personal experiences to create writing that expresses their own stories, thoughts, and point of view. Through the use of artifacts, exploration of one’s own experiences, memories, and aspirations you will create a narrative unit that will empower your students.

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