Using Voice in Writing

Showcases how she works with voice, using examples of writing and discussing characteristics of voice in efforts to define it. Students develop voice in their work through in-class writing exercises.

Welcome to the World: Integrating the Five Themes of Geography with Writing

Showcases how geographic thinking helps children become problem-solvers and helps them learn to recognize and appreciate the earth's diversity. This presentation provides ways children can learn the five themes of geography and take the first step towards becoming geographic thinkers while also writing.

Engaging Reluctant Students through Genre Choice

Quick writing of student work with sharing begins the lesson. This is followed by accessing prior knowledge with essential math vocabulary. After a math lesson with modeling, guided practice, and individual practice; students are assessed by choosing genre to metacognitively write about what they learned. Reflecting and sharing finish the lesson.

Art Making to Improve Writing Skills

Participants will use images of fine art painting as a catalyst for writing aftger critically examining a work of art. Prior to examining the work, writers will focus on the elements of art and a list of questions to consider about visual aspects. Participants will create their own visual images and write about the work in prose and poetry, drawing on critical thinking skills.

Writing to Remember: Using Memory Boxes to Create Personal Memoirs and Other Personal Narrative Pieces

Participants will focus on a practical instructional approach using the concept of Memory Boxes as a triggering device. Based on virtual artifacts to initiate multiple genres of writing, writers will compose a self-addressed letter centering on one of the artifacts.