Using Graphic rganizaers for Ideas and organization: A Four Square Demonstration Level: Elementary and middle

Focuses on using the Four Square strategy to help students organize their writing for expository, narrative, persuasive, and descriptive essays. Supports writing properly structured paragraphs with a topic sentence and a conclusion. Focus is on Ideas and Organization. In small groups, participants develop topics, free wrote on the topic and used their ideas to develop their four squares. The participants then take the information from the squares and make individual or group books. Each group has a different book and are free to do what they want.

Writing Workshop

Focuses on the potential of writing workshop as a means of supporting critical and collaborative learning, and adapting the framework to any context. Demonstrates the power of collaboration in a democratic classroom, one consistent with social models of education. Participants will actively co-construct the knowledge base rather than listen to a presentation.