ENGAGING ST WRITERS ELEM
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To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students need to learn to use writing as a way of offering and supporting opinions, demonstrating understanding of the subjects they are studying, and conveying real and imagined experiences and events. They learn to appreciate that a key purpose of writing is to communicate clearly to an external, sometimes unfamiliar audience, and they begin to adapt the form and content of their writing to accomplish a particular task and purpose. They develop the capacity to build knowledge on a subject through research projects and to respond analytically to literary and informational sources. To meet these goals, students must devote significant time and effort to writing, producing numerous pieces over short and extended time frames throughout the year.
The goals and priorities for this course are intended to provide opportunities for teachers to proficiently master implementation of the foundations for writing using the model and framework of Writer’s Workshop. Connections between the standards from the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and the Danielson’s Framework with real-life, hands-on application of literacy instruction within the classroom will be made through the use of specific application of instructional strategies, student choice, building confidence as writers and through frequent, ongoing collaboration and dialogue.
Writer’s Workshop is based upon the premise of three components to encourage such dialogue, through short, concise mini-lessons, leading into independent writing/conferencing and concluding with share time, known as Author’s Chair. This course will provide teachers with specific strategies aligned to the Writer’s Workshop model to seamlessly align instruction with innovative techniques to build students’ confidence as writers. These components align with Danielson’s Framework, especially building a culture for learning and fostering professional community of writers to strengthen literacy content, knowledge and pedagogy. This course provides an understanding of how to integrate Writer’s Workshop into the classroom while supporting the Common Core standards for English Language Arts for improved teacher effectiveness and student performance and achievement. This model is based upon best practiced of differentiation supported by Carol Ann Tomlinson (1999, 2004) (through individualized conferences according to student interest and readiness levels) and based upon practices designed by Lucy Calkins (2008, 2010) and Ralph Fletcher (2001, 2007) designed to build confidence in students as lifelong writers.
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