The Power of Poetry

Introduces different genres of poetry and shows how they can be used throughout the curriculum. Stresses the importance of poetry for enjoyment and motivating student writing.

Because Stories Shape Us: Using Real Stories to Elicit Student Writing

In this presentation, storytelling provides the avenue for developing inquiry that results in meaningful and passionate writing. The activities provide stepping stones to a final product; an exercise in the practice of capturing character, setting, or objects from the inside out. Though the lesson is in storytelling, it can foster better writing skills in most genres.

I Think Therefore I am Motivated: Using Cognitive Strategies to Promote Critical Thinking in the Reading and Writing Connection.

Illuminates the complex process of reading and writing through cognitive strategies such as thinking aloud, talking to the text, and talk-writes. Shows how approaching instruction through a bank of strategies, students can gain a deeper meaning through what they read and write.

From the Angry ABC's to the six Traits: Teaching Voice in the High School Classroom

How can we help our students move from the personal narrative voice to the types of controlled rhetorical personas they will need to develop in higher level academic writing without sacrificing the individuality they have been encouraged to express? Emphasis on point of view and audience.

Take out Your Journals Please . . . Creative Reader Response Activities for Cross-Curricular Study and Six-Trait Writing Practice

Highlights two Six Trait writing exercises, geared specifically to writing in role: letter writing for Voice, and post card writing for Word Choice. Students demonstrate understanding of said skills when using language expressing emotion, detail, and specific content from a piece. The goal is to write from the heart, as the character, the result is mastery of content.