Uncovering the Elephant: Writing for Social Change

Participants will discuss issues of social justice and ways of empowering students to work towards social change. The theories of Paulo Freire and Alma Flor Ada will be described to assist writers to develop authentic and meaningful purposes for writing to allow students to pursue their passions in the realm of social justice issues.

Bridging the Gap between Personal Writing and Academic Discourse

Participants will discuss how writing teachers can assist inexperienced writers with the conventions of academic discourse and write with authority about topics of interest. Using the pedagogical technique developed by Leki, writers will develop subject matter based on personal histories, experiences, and tastes. Also, they will develop survey questions in preparation for an academic essay.

The Joy of Writing

Offers a hands-on experience of brainstorming a topic, the initial prewriting, sharing with a partner, free writing and sharing again. This is particularly effective for establishing the first piece of writing of the school year, which can be worked on repeatedly using a different focus such as introducing metaphor and simile, adding complex sentences, working on voice or any of the six traits.

ALL Students Can write a grand slam summary! Level--middle

Models writing a summary using a baseball metaphor. (ELL attention) Synthesizes the latest ELL research to support pedagogy, uses metaphor through a graphic organizer to simplify the process of writing a summary. When students can connect new learning to prior knowledge through metaphor, it is most meaningful. Writing a summary is an example of academic writing students need to master, and its complexity lies in the reading-writing connection. This is especially difficult for the ELL student.

Developing Writer Identity and Exploring Metacognition Throughout the Writing Process: The Affective Side of the Process Level: Secondary

Metacognition and reflection are integral elements for improving student writing. If the overriding goal of writing instruction is to increase and deepen student understanding of their own writing and what makes it effective, then student ability to assess and consider their own writing is imperative. Focuses on helping students become reflective about their leaning and writing emphasizing metacognitive and reflective steps in establishing writer identity.

The Jumping Off Point: Using Favorite Poetry to Teach the Writing of Poetry to Children

Kenneth Koch says that the usual criteria for choosing poems to teach children are mistaken, if one wants poetry to be more than a singsong sort of Muzak in the background of their elementary education. This demonstration focuses on using the poetry of great authors such as Dickinson, Poe, Sandburg, Angelou and others as a jumping off point for the teaching of poetry writing.