Bring it On! Teaching 5th Graders to Recapture their Writer's Voice Intermediate-middle

The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate a couple of sample lessons to teach students how to recognize and use voice in their writing. The lessons are based on the Six Traits writing assessment model. They are specific to fifth graders but can be adapted to any grade by changing the content. To become proficient and creative writers, students must learn what their own writing voice is and how to use it effectively to communicate with their audience.

Negative Capability: Responding to Literature with Personal Voice and Analytical Insight

The premise underlying this presentation is that we are doing a disservice to students if we ask them to read literature without challenging them to make personal connections along with their critical opinions. Encouraging personal response to literature will elicit original thought that can later be developed analytically. Looks at how dialogue journals can help meet these needs in bridging understanding literature and writing about it with peers will help draw out the personal and analytical voice.

Revising Our Attitude About Revision

The demonstration provides a brief overview of Peter Elbow's levels of revision with non-linguistic representation of metaphors which help clarify these levels. The participants revise a piece significantly, once with a second tier or Muscular Revision and once at the deepest tier of revision, a Bone-level Revision. These deep revisions are achieved via the strategies of genre change and POV/narrator change to an existing narrative work.

Did You Read the Owner's Manual? Dovetailing expressive and functional writing

Students will study owner's manuals, their features, writing style and layout. Then students write an owner's manual for themselves after first determining who the audience for their manuals should be, thereby enlivening what is generally a dull style of functional writing with self expression and creativity.

Multigenre Research Projects

Students research, then customize a framework of multigenre pieces to fit their topic. The project consists of original self-contained pieces to fit their topic. The goal is for students to transform ideas and facts into creative genre such as performance, artwork, and written products. Provides a genre bank, rubrics designed for assessing a multi-genre project, how to guide students in research techniques and how to display a research evidence notebook, student work, glossary, and an annotated bibliography. Includes a hands-on demonstration.

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