Students love science– why not use it to your advantage? In this workshop you will learn how to use your students’ love of science to make writing accessible and enjoyable. We will show you how to make fun and meaningful connections to science standards that will have your students writing up a storm!
Workshop Category: Writing
In this session we will take an in-depth look at Writer’s Workshop, a research-based approach that includes all the necessary components that a writing block needs. You will become familiar with the flow of Writer’s Workshop, receive guidance on management techniques to ensure success, look at the progression of writing standards, and work with materials that are easy to implement.
This is an engaging, hands-on workshop to help you navigate your Empower Writing Kit. You will become familiarized with each component of the writing kit, learn strategies on how to effectively implement it, and receive guidance in planning for your students with the available activities.
In this workshop, we will explore interactive grammar activities and color-coded architecture that make learning grammar meaningful, engaging, and colorful! We will build a beautiful wall from the small elements of language. The fundamentals of grammar act as the foundation in building students who can write! When you implement this system of a color-coded Grammar Wall, your students are provided a concrete, colorful method for learning the functions of parts of speech and sentence structure. You will learn explicit routines for introducing and reinforcing the parts of speech, and strategies that promote students’ use of fundamental grammar in oral and written expression, in a way that is hands-on and FUN! Standards for Speaking and Listening (SL.1 and SL.6) Language (L.1 – L.6) and Writing (W.1 – W.6).
It often seems as though students look at a list of “theme words” on the Internet and figuratively throw a dart at one they like. There’s a better way! In this workshop you will learn how to teach your students a structured (and not too difficult) way to write a sentence that truly describes the theme of what they have just read.
High School | This workshop will provide you with simple, quick, and easy strategies to engage your students in writing thoughtfully about all academic content areas. These powerful, short writing strategies will enhance content learning in many ways. You don’t have to be an English teacher to embed these easy-to-teach writing strategies within your daily routines and your specific content area. If a student can thoughtfully write about a subject, they can master the material!
Elementary | This workshop will provide you with simple, quick, and easy strategies to engage your students in writing thoughtfully about all academic content areas. These powerful, short writing strategies will enhance content learning in many ways and provide opportunities for students to practice the different genres of writing outside of the Literacy Block. If a student can thoughtfully write about a subject, they can master the material!
In this interactive workshop you will learn the ins and outs of successful Centers/Stations through your own hands-on experience with ready-made centers! You will leave with a handful of ideas, management tips, and strategies to implement or enhance the Centers/Stations you use in your classroom.
The Common Core State Standards has experienced shifts in literacy, namely in the balance of literary and informational text in the upper grades. In this workshop we will look at what the standards say about the shift, how to address the shift while you are planning, and what strategies you could incorporate in your classroom to use more informational text.
We all want our students to dive in and be engaged in quality literature. In this workshop we will examine how the unique approach of having your students analyze literature by writing and responding to letters through journaling will lead to increased involvement with text. We will work through how to set up the journals, which question stems to use, what it will look like in classroom instruction, and provide examples to bring back to your classroom.
In a truly balanced literacy program, how you teach is as important as what you teach. Let us help you create a perfectly-balanced literacy block for you and your students! This workshop will explore the elements of balanced literacy and the research behind it, as well as how to teach basic skills, cover content and standards, assess, group, and plan effectively.
After you have selected the type(s) of small grouping(s) you will use, you will need to decide what the rest of the class is doing. This workshop will give you models, hands-on examples, and effective tips and tricks for implementing work stations or project-based learning in your classroom. This session teaches the basics and demonstrates explicit modeling of stations for all grades and all content areas.
This fun-filled workshop is sure to help you turn your classroom into a powerful place of thinking and learning! We will introduce 8 specific graphic organizers, explain when and why to use them, and model how to deconstruct texts (reading) and then construct texts (writing). With these tools, your students will become masterful at organizing their own thinking processes! We will also share practical applications for using graphic organizers in reading, writing, and when sharing in student discussions. This training is a true game changer when implemented in the classroom setting! (This training is focused toward ELA, Science, and Social Studies.)
Teaching writing doesn’t have to lead to piles of difficult grading! In this workshop you will learn how assigning your students 2-3 “low stakes” writing tasks each day ultimately leads to better writing from your students on the “regular” writing assignments. You will walk away from this session with lots of ideas for short writing tasks– and do a little practice yourself along the way.
In this workshop we will investigate the research showing the strong connection between a student’s vocabulary and their overall academic success, especially in the areas of text comprehension and writing. This is nothing new, but how do you really navigate and implement Graves’ four components of effective vocabulary instruction? What does Isabel Beck say about the TIERS of Vocabulary and how to teach them? This workshop will inspire you to do more with vocabulary in a whole new way!
As learners are held to higher standards, we must tweak our lesson delivery. In this session we will explore how to dig deep into an Anchor Text while considering the essential question. You will learn how to teach your students to become more sophisticated readers by embracing close reading while reading between the lines. You will leave with the knowledge to teach your students to read like detectives and write like investigative reporters– a skill essential to students’ success in middle and high school, especially when learning in cross-linguistic environments where one language informs another. Your students will take risks more often and use the English language. If they use the language, they will own it. The ultimate assessment is writing about it!
Mentor Texts are a powerful way to show your students how to write well. Often we tell students our expectations and review rubrics, but forget the power of sharing an exemplary piece of writing! Come and see how the artful use of Mentor Texts can transform all types of writing in your classroom.
The ability to write a Constructed Response is a critical skill for the 21st-Century student. A Constructed Response question is often an assessment that requires a student to apply their knowledge, skills, and critical thinking abilities in order to develop an answer to a question. Come and learn how to teach your students to use a thinking organizer to simply and successfully construct a written response to an open-ended question! Teaching your students this writing method will help them develop their higher- level thinking skills and master a critical test-taking skill.
This workshop will provide you with the most efficient way to help students attack (annotate) text. Simple, quick, and powerful, these routines for Attacking the Text will be your classroom staple! Your students’ comprehension will immediately increase and the routines will be embedded in their minds, which will improve comprehension of text during test taking!