Workshop 1. Creating a Community of Writers
In this session, participants explore practical strategies — from desk arrangements to classroom organization to writing routines — that allow young adolescents to share their writing in an atmosphere of trust and safety and to recognize their identities as lifelong writers and readers. Go to this unit.
Workshop 2. Making Writing Meaningful
When teachers introduce subjects that matter to middle school students or allow them more freedom to choose and develop topics, the task of writing gains new meaning and purpose. In this session, participants examine how five middle-level teachers help their students connect to writing and understand its capacity to transform their own lives and the world around them. Go to this unit.
Workshop 3. Teaching Poetry
Poetry offers young adolescents an unparalleled opportunity for exploring feelings and learning about the power of written expression. This session showcases two master teachers as they help their students develop as writers and readers of poetry. Go to this unit.
Workshop 4. Teaching Persuasive Writing
In this session, participants visit two middle-level classrooms to see how teachers can help young writers develop effective and authentic persuasive pieces based on their own experiences and interests - for example, using cell phones in schools or altering their homework schedule. Go to this unit.
Workshop 5. Teaching Multigenre Writing
Multigenre writing offers students a wide range of options for expressing ideas and communicating knowledge. In this session, participants examine two different, but equally successful, examples of this eclectic and engaging writing approach. Go to this unit.
Workshop 6. Responding to Writing: Teacher to Student
In this session, participants see how five middle-level teachers use both formal and informal student/teacher conferences to monitor their students' progress and help them improve as writers. Go to this unit.
Workshop 7. Responding to Writing: Peer to Peer
Throughout the writing process, peer response can help young adolescents develop as thinkers and writers. In this session, participants explore strategies for structuring peer interactions and for teaching students to respond positively and productively to each other's work. Go to this unit.
Workshop 8. Teaching the Power of Revision
In this session, participants visit the classrooms of three teachers to examine strategies that help even reluctant writers see the power and purpose of revision. Go to this unit.