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Title: Learning How to Write from Your Favorite Author


1
Learning How to Write from Your Favorite Author
  • Mary Smith
  • Literacy Coach
  • Milby High School, Houston ISD

2
My Journey as a Teacher
  • Lucy Calkins Writing Institute
  • Writers-in-the-Schools Writing Project
  • Rice University Writing Project
  • Univ. of New Hampshire Writing Project
  • UHD Reading Tutor/Adjunct
  • Writing Staff Developer
  • Literacy Coach

3
Milby High School
  • Located in southeast Houston
  • Involved in High School Reform Initiative
  • About 2200 students94 Hispanic
  • The 2004 State Basketball Champions
  • of Texas39 wins, 0 losses
  • Block Scheduling90 minute classes every other
    day

4
Literacy Coach
  • Help implement literacy strategies across the
    content areas
  • Provide on-going staff development
  • Observe teachers and tell them what they are
    doing well
  • Encourage teachers to work together and to share
    what they know

5
Todays Objective
  • To learn the craft of writing from other
    writers
  • If they can do it, we can too!

6
Lucy Calkins
  • Lucy Calkins studied what real writers do
  • Decided that children can be taught to keep a
    writers notebook
  • The Art of Teaching Writing,
  • by Lucy McCormick Calkins

7
A writers notebook is simply a seedbed for
more writing.
The Art of Teaching Writing by Lucy McCormick
Calkins
8
Night in the Country, by Cynthia Rylant
  • What does the story make you remember?
  • What does the story make you think about?
  • Jot down your ideas for writing.

9
Write
  • About a moment in your life that you are
    remembering
  • or
  • What the story made you think about

10
Share with the person next to you.
11
  • Teaching students to write about what matters to
    them is extremely important,
  • but it isnt enough.
  • Its a good start, but it isnt enough.

12
  • Writers need to be immersed in good literature
  • and they need to be taught how to use the
  • texts they read as mentors for the texts they
  • will write.

13
  • We have to show our students a model
  • of the kind of writing that we want them
  • to learn how to do.

14
According to Katie Wood Ray,
  • Writing well involves learning to attend to
  • the craft of writing, learning to do the
  • sophisticated work of separating what its
  • about from how it is written (10).
  • Wondrous Words

15
  • When students are taught to see how writing is
    done, this way of seeing opens up to them huge
    warehouses of possibilities for how to make their
    writing good writing (11).
  • Wondrous Words
  • by Katie Wood Ray

16
Listen as I read Night in the Country again
  • This time, follow along with the typed text.
  • Read like a writer and notice the craft of
  • the writing.

17
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18
Now write again
  • This time, use one of the Cynthia Rylants
  • crafting techniques to revise your writing, to
  • make it a little bit better.

19
Share
20
  • When students are learning to write, they
  • need
  • Instruction in writing
  • Time to write on a daily basis
  • Mentors to hold their hands and to show them the
    way

21
  • I can think of no better person to hold
  • my students hands and to nudge them
  • into being better writers than the authors
  • who have written the way
  • I would like for my students to write.

22
  • Who are your favorite authors?
  • Who are the authors that can mentor your
  • students to become better writers?

23
Modifications
  • For Gifted and Talented
  • For Learning Challenged
  • For English as a Second Language

24
Bibliography
  • Calkins, L. (1994). The Art of Teaching
    Writing. Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH.
  • Ray, K. W. (1999). Wondrous Words. National
    Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
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