A Passion for Poetry

Focuses on the modeling of poetry, while discussing the value of poetry that students acquire after modeling a poem. Imitating a poem's style is one sure way that not only aids students in writing poetry but also helps them lose their fear of composing.

Empowering Students Through Portfolio Assessment

Focuses on self-evaluation of writing based on self-selected criteria and uses a portfolio conference role-play to demonstrate the process. Presents the basics of portfolios: what they are and are not, establishing an environment that nurtures and sustains portfolios, types of portfolios, and teacher/student roles in maintaining portfolios.

Sideshadowing: Teacher or Peer Response to Student Writing Level: middle, secondary, college

Focuses on response as dialogue using a strategy called Sideshadowing. It encourages the writer to evaluate his/her own draft before submitting it for review. Demands that the teacher or peer reviewer consider his/her reactions in light of the writer's annotations (explanations or questions). Sideshadowing presumes the teaching of writing as a process and the treatment of resonse to writing and revision as a dialogue in the Bakhtinian sense. Refers to activities that occur in the margins of a students' draft.

Playing With Persuasion: Using Humor and the Inductive Method to Introduce the Elements of Effective and Ineffective Persuasion

Applying research regarding the integration of background knowledge and humor in the classroom, this introductory lesson follows the inductive method in helping students draw their own conclusions about effective and ineffective persuasion from their life experiences. Students then have the opportunity to play with these elements of persuasion by writing humorous persuasive pieces before analyzing the writing for the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness).

Who is a Scientist?

As a focus in nonfiction writing, participants will examine what they know about science and scientists, analyze living scientists' lives from articles, and compare them. Collaborative work will yield a definition to the opening question along with an examination of nonfiction writing.

Reading/Writing Connections: Literature Circles and Author's Circles

Both literature circles (small groups of students reading and discussing \books they have chosen) and author's circles (small groups of students discussing their writing) put responsibility back into the hands of our students. They change the nature of discourse in the classroom: rather than watching and listening to us, we are free to watch and listen to our students. Geared toward any grade level, provides the nuts and bolts for starting these circles in your classroom.